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The North Providence Breeze 07-29-2020

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE / LETTERS JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – A state inspection made prior to a concrete-chipping operation on the underside of the Route 146 overpass crossing Mineral Spring Avenue last month found a "critical deficiency," or sections of hollow concrete at risk of falling. An inspection report provided to The North Providence Breeze by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation in response to a public records request described an underside of reinforced concrete frame slab with significant spalls, or previously broken away concrete, across all lanes of traffic, particularly near the crown at frame slab joints. "The spalls have adjacent and perimeter hollow areas up to eight feet long by two feet wide that could potentially fall," stated the June 9 report from Collins Engineers. "Inspectors tried but could not remove the hollow-sounding con- crete," so RIDOT crews were called in to do the work. The Breeze reported a month ago that the bridge, part of a four-bridge project, will be advertised for a con- tractor in 2022. Two years ago, it was on the schedule to be replaced this year. Other bridges in RIDOT's Bridge Group 39 include the Twin River Road bridge at Route 146 in Lincoln, the Lincoln Farms bridge taking Route 146 over Charles Street in North Providence, and the Breakneck Hill Road bridge at Route 146. The bridge has been ranked in the 20 percent of bridges statewide con- sidered structurally deficient, with past inspections describing "areas of active deterioration." Officials have insisted that preven- tative maintenance following annual inspections such as the one described in the June 9 report keeps the bridge safe for those passing under it. Bridge inspection found hollow concrete at risk of falling By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor Seat belts, motorcycle helmets and face masks In 1968, the U.S. government told U.S. car makers that they now had to install seat belts in all cars manufac- tured in the country along with other safety improvements, i.e. padded dashboards. Then it would be the occupant who decided to use or not use this device to prevent injury. As we know, not until laws were enacted and fines imposed that the driving public actually became responsible for their own well-being. Prior to that enforcement, the aver- age use of seat belts was only about 50 percent. Regarding motorcycle helmets, and as a former motorcycle rider, I am appalled that states don't require all motorcycle passengers to wear a helmet. In addition, even if it is not mandatory, why not voluntarily do it? Severe injuries are common, and it's a cost the whole of society must share. I'll conclude with another option that we need to determine what is important to ourselves and everyone else: the wearing of a face mask. We know we should, just as the other topics I've mentioned should have an impact on our conduct. It is all just thought-provoking. Then, there is one other thing that bothers me: motorists versus pedestri- ans. Try using a crosswalk – it too just might save your life. JORDAN HOROWITZ North Providence LETTER TO THE EDITOR Summer Breeze Custom Cedar PVC Vinyl Aluminum/Steel Chain Link: Galvanized & Vinyl Coated/Gates 401-769-2575 fax 401-766-2956 375 St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI (5 minutes from MA, off 146A) RI. Contractor's Reg. #6112 Full Insured Professional Service & Installation Open for 36th Season! Complete lIne oF ResIdentIal & CommeRCIal FenCIng Your Official Eastern Illusions Dealer Since 2005 Fencing materials also available for the Do-It-Yourself Install. 1-855-GETPIPE Hopkinton • Tauton •

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