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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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10 NORTH PROVIDENCE / OBITUARIES JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Diane R. Leveillee Diane R. Leveillee, 66, of North Providence, passed away on April 26, at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. She was the loving wife of Denis Leveillee for 46 years. Born in North Providence, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Estelle (Vigneau) Hendricks. Diane worked at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital for 40 years before retiring. She had also worked as a crossing guard for the North Providence School Department. She was a member of the Johnston and North Providence Knitting Groups and was an avid Mookie Betts fan. Diane loved cruises and enjoyed vacations to Atlantic City. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her cherished sons, Denis Leveillee Jr. and his girl- friend, Jaime Andrews, and Derrick Leveillee and his wife, Jennifer; a brother, David Hendricks, and his wife, Joyce; two sisters, Denise Grande and her husband, Eric, and Doreen Hendricks and her compan- ion, Michael; and her four treasured grandchildren, Dylan Beauchamp, Madison Leveillee, Ethan Leveillee and Anthony DiFonzo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Diane's Memorial Mass on Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m., in St. Augustine Church, 639 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. Donations in her memory may be made to: Sisters of the Presentation of Mary – Retirement Fund, 495 Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH 03104. OBITUARY LEVEILLEE numbers of trucks over the three-ton weight limit. RIDOT added more signs about the bridge limits, ahead of the original signs. Mayor Charles Lombardi called the drive from Route 44 down Angell Street and Greystone Avenue to Waterman Avenue a "decent cut- through," but said he doesn't expect the closure to cause too many issues. It's about a half-mile further to reach the Centredale Bypass on either side of the river, he said. The mayor said officials are con- tinuing to talk with RIDOT about moving up the replacement of the wooden bridge. "We've been citing vehicles there for a while, but people just don't pay attention," he said. "This had to be done before someone got hurt." The Greystone Sluiceway Bridge crosses the Woonasquatucket River near the Cricket Field park in Johnston. According to RIDOT, police in Johnston and North Providence patrolled the bridge over a two-week period earlier in June and gave out 66 tickets and 18 warnings for viola- tions at the bridge. About one week after the patrols ended, RIDOT did another one-day survey and repre- sentatives saw 25 overweight vehicles crossing the bridge. The 71-year-old timber bridge car- ries approximately 3,000 vehicles per day on Greystone Avenue over the Woonasquatucket River. Detour signs have been posted directing traffic to follow a detour using Waterman Avenue and Putnam Pike (Route 44). North Providence Public Works Director Bernie Salvatore said back in 2016 that without a fix, the bridge was in danger of being shut down. He called it a "major access point" and said it would cause a headache if it were to shut down. The schedule at that time called for bridge repairs in 2018 or 2019. In 2017, town leaders asked that they be allowed to do a membrane fix of the bridge, at an estimated cost of $51,000, and be reimbursed by the state, but RIDOT denied that request, saying it wouldn't be repaired for several more years. North Providence officials have listed the bridge as being in the worst condition of any bridge in town. In the past, the needed fix was described as a membrane to protect the wooden decking beneath the asphalt from allowing water to infiltrate from the river below. The asphalt was previously replaced without placing a new membrane, causing asphalt to slowly slide and buckle, creating large potholes. Late Town Planner David Westcott said four years ago that listing the job as a high priority would hope- fully prompt the installation of the waterproof membrane and help avoid a more expensive fix. The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at valleybreeze.com/sup- port. Thank you as always for reading. BRIDGE From Page One do you know? 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