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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-07-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 7-13, 2018 LINCOLN 29 developer's application to build 17 single-family homes off Lantern and East Lantern Roads was first approved. Construction came to a stop after the economic recession hit a few years later. Slated for improvements more than 12 years ago, the road has since fallen into disrepair and will now need to be completely repaved. The developer will pay the cost of the topcoat, while the town will pick up the rest of the tab for the roadwork. "If everything went well 10 years ago, the road would have been in much better condition than it is now … we have a horrible road today," said Town Planner Albert Ranaldi. He noted that the decade-long construc- tion hiatus was no fault of the devel- oper, who recently began phase two construction of eight additional homes. Since the project was approved, Smithfield resident and Deputy Chief of Police Robert VanNieuwenhuyze has raised safety concerns with the Lincoln Planning Board about the 11-foot width of the road in some parts. He is one of five residents who lives down East Lantern Road, and pays taxes in Smithfield and Lincoln. He said trucks had an especially difficult time navigating the road- way, made only slightly easier with the addition of a cul-de-sac. A truck breakdown once backed up the entire road, as there was not enough room for vehicles to pass. At a public hear- ing about the residential development in 2006, Smithfield resident William Rampone said it once took 20 minutes for a rescue vehicle to get through to someone's home in the area during an emergency. In 2014, a safety inspector from the U.S. Postal Service deemed the route unsafe, forcing Lincoln residents to retrieve their mail from a communal mailbox at the end of the road. "If you have a road with an alternate way out, it's not as big a deal, it just might take police and fire a few min- utes longer," said VanNieuwenhuyze of the dead-end road. He said the cul- de-sac was the most recent improve- ment made to the roadway since the 1990s, when the town cleared brush and laid a top coat. After surveying the road last year, the town concluded it could be wid- ened to 18 feet at certain points, aside from some small culverts over wet- lands. "I think all of the neighbors are relieved that they're finally widening the road," said VanNieuwenhuyze, who grew up on the street when his was one of the only houses there. "This has been on the table since 2005 … a lot of neighbors were upset." He thanked Town Engineer Leslie Quish for taking a personal interest in the project, listening to their concerns, and working with the town and the developer toward a solution. "She's been excellent, attentive and responsible. She has a deep under- standing and takes it seriously. If this was given the attention Leslie has given it five to 10 years ago, it would be done and residents would have an adequate and safer road," he said. "It's not too little too late, though," he added. "While it shouldn't have taken this long, we're happy and relieved that something is being done and our concerns weren't left unan- swered." LANTERN ROAD From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD A pothole breaks up the end of EAST LANTERN ROAD, which is slated to be repaved and widened this month, more than a decade after it was originally planned. PAINTBOX PRESCHOOL 321 High Street, Cumberland, RI SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE Paintbox Camps meet Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Run from June to August Preschool Ages 3-4 & Graduate Ages 5 & up CAMPS ARE FILLING UP FAST! SCHEDULE YOURS TODAY! Visit our Website: www.paintboxpreschool.com Or Call 401-727-2468 for more details Schedule a tour today! 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