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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 CUMBERLAND 19 The resulting mess had motor- ists complaining bitterly the rest of Wednesday and all day Thursday leading up to repaving finally hap- pening Thursday night. Asked if he's been tempted dur- ing the ongoing roundabout project to send town crews in to address issues with the state project, such as the large bump at Route 295 that could easily be remedied with a little patching, Mutter said he hasn't "formally thought of that" but said there have been a bunch of issues where he's felt like he should just do it himself. "If I could, I would," he said. That particular section at the exit ramp is at the top of his list, he said, as he travels it at least twice each day. "I don't think it's a big lift to make that a lot better," he said. "We need to get that smoother, make everybody's life a little more pleasant." Coming from small business himself, Mutter said he feels sorry for the store owners in the Chapel area, knowing that they're "grind- ing it out every day." "It absolutely hurts businesses," he said, when people choose to avoid an area because it's in ter- rible shape. When a snow day or some other unusual circumstance happens, it's known in business as a "zero day," he said. "You can't have a string of bad days, that's not how it works any- more," he said. This is obviously a construction zone, he said, but reasonable driv- ing conditions should be main- tained and there are times he feels the roadway could be left in better shape when night work concludes. "It does matter how you leave things," he said. "Making sure there are not a couple big holes goes a long way." Last week's removal of asphalt, done as part of the effort to widen the road near Chapel, provided a similar situation to one nearly a year ago where RIDOT and its contractor Cardi Corp. tore up the area on the other side of Route 295, next to Industrial Drive, before a heavy snowstorm. That situation also required drivers to slow to a crawl as they navigated deep holes obscured by muddy water. The headline at the time was "Diamond Hill a mess after ill-timed grinding," and Highway Supt. Frank Stowik said numerous cars sustained damage. RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin was asked this week wheth- er the agency will be reimbursing motorists for damage done last week, and responded with a link to a claims form. He didn't comment further on the situation. A RIDOT email response posted by Diamond Hill Community Association spokeswoman Jennifer Brousseau prior to the heavy rain last Wednesday, Aug. 28, said the agency would be taking a number of actions in response to the after- noon rain's anticipated impact on the road, including: • Monitoring the area throughout the afternoon and evening. • Having construction crews on site to fill areas as needed. • Having a two-person police detail on location. • And having two construction flaggers on location. The email to Brousseau stated at that point that RIDOT planned on repaving Thursday night. Gravel was placed down as a interim measure to fix holes, but the trip remained a tough one. Mutter said residents have shown a great deal of patience overall with this project, which is bringing a pair of roundabouts to the end of each exit ramp at Route 295 and Diamond Hill as well as the realign- ment, the Chapel Four Corners intersection, and the addition of a second lane headed away from the highway and toward Chapel. A bit more effort on the part of RIDOT to make sure the road is "a little more passable" will mean a lot, he said. Town officials have been communicating daily with the state agency and will continue to advo- cate for drivers who use the road and the businesses that operate on it, he said. ROUNDABOUTS From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY ETHAN SHOREY Cars creep along DIAMOND HILL ROAD last Thursday after heavy rains on Wednesday and a partial gravel fix. Last Thursday night's repaving brought back a smooth surface to DIAMOND HILL ROAD after days of drivers hitting big bumps. 2295 Diamond Hill Rd. Route 114 (off Exit 11, Route 295) CUMBERLAND, RI BUILDING STRENGTH. FACILITATING RECOVERY. SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS. All of our experienced therapists are licensed and extensively trained to meet your individual needs. • Physical Therapy • Sports Medicine • Advanced Manual Therapy • Craniosacral Therapy • Myofascial Release 401-305-3858 Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital Since 1983 We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care.

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