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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-12-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2019 CUMBERLAND 5 CUMBERLAND – A new traf- fic pattern set to go into effect this Friday, Sept. 13, at the Diamond Hill roundabout project will give motorists their first real taste of the future con- figuration. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced a traffic pattern change as part of a $11.3 million intersection safety improvement project on Diamond Hill Road/Route 114 in Cumberland. One element of the project includes roundabouts at the Route 114 inter- change with I-295, and the initial phase of transitioning traffic to the new traffic circles begins Friday morning. The change for Friday will impact the intersection of Diamond Hill Road and the I-295 North on- and off- ramps, on the Dave's Market side of the highway, only. All traffic will flow to the right, as it does in all round- abouts. This means traffic bound for points north (toward Broadview Avenue and Industrial Road) should use the inner or left lane and drive around the roundabout. Traffic com- ing off the highway and bound for the Chapel Four Corners area can use the right lane at the end of the exit. When this change is made, the cur- rent gravel surface will be paved. RIDOT and its contractor last week fixed at least one of the issues Mayor Jeff Mutter had complained about related to the rough surface along the road. New asphalt was placed in a narrow strip to smooth out the big bump heading from Diamond Hill Road onto I-295 south. Mutter last week called for improvement from RIDOT in keeping the area as smooth as possible, citing impacts on drivers and business owners. RIDOT intends to duplicate Friday's initial roundabout traffic pat- tern at the I-295 South on- and off- ramp intersection in early October. Construction will continue on the roundabout part of this project through the end of this year, finishing next spring. The realignment of the Chapel Four Corners intersection and other improvements, also part of this project, will be ongoing next spring and summer. The entire project is on time and on budget, according to RIDOT, and final completion of all components is set for next fall. Work to widen the roadway and add new sidewalks is ongoing. The Motorists get first hint of roundabout patterns starting this Friday By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ROUNDABOUT, Page 10

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