Saturday, September 15, 2012
Another $174,000 worth of work on the Barrington Bridge is expected to be finished by the end of this month.
You thought the work on the Barrington Bridge was finished. It may finally be done by the end of this month. A contractor hired by the RI Department of Transportation is making some finishing touches to the bridge, according to a story in the Barrington Times. This is the bridge, of course, that was way over budget and took about 12 years to design, build and open again to traffic. The work still to be done, according to the Times story, includes repairing portions of the seawall near the Police Cove parking lot, relocating navigational lights that were erected on the wrong parts of the bridge, and removing some steel sheeting just below the water line along the northeast edge of the bridge. The remaining work will cost about $174,000. The…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The RI Department of Transportation has turned thumbs down on a Barrington man's request to make special accommodations for bike riders on the new 'White Church' bridge.
Plenty of “Share the Road” signs will dot the new Massasoit Avenue bridge over the Barrington River to make motorists aware of bike riders. And RIDOT is considering using shared–lane markings or “sharrows” in the travel lanes of the Central Bridge to tell motorists that bicyclists as well as motor vehicles may use the full lanes, said David Fish, managing engineer for bridge engineering for the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT). But there will be no other options to specifically accommodate bicycles on the new higher and wider bridge, said Fish, such as bikes lane or wider approaches to the County Road intersection, or ramps that allow bicyclists to use the sidewalks, or signs directing bicyclists on and off sidewalks. For the lanes …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Grapes & Grains' owner Matthew Amaral adopts a state-owned
Grapes & Grains liquor store has adopted a spot in Barrington -- the intersection of Bosworth Street and Rumstick Road. "I look at it three, four, five times a day," said owner Matthew Amaral, whose liquor store sits just west of this spot on Bosworth Street."It was so unkept." The before photo shows what the spot looked like before Amaral adopted it. The after photo shows what the spot looks like now. "I talked to the president of the garden club first," Amaral said. "I was told the spot was owned by the state. The club couldn't garden it." Amaral's next step was talking to Alan Corvi, Barrington's public works director. He explained the process of getting involved in the RI Department of Transportation's adopt-a-spot program. Amaral …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Delays have been generated by additional environmental reviews linked to raising the 'White Church' bridge over the Barrington River by two feet -- a request by the Town Council.
The state transportation department doesn’t expect to start replacing the Massasoit Avenue bridge near the “White Church” over the Barrington River until mid-summer next year – about 15 to 18 months later than originally planned. If that occurs, completion of the new bridge won’t be until mid-2015 – after two years of construction. “We’re optimistic we can advertise the project (for construction bids) late this summer,” said David Fish, managing engineer for bridge engineering for the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT). “We expect to begin work by mid-2013.” As stated previously, said Fish, traffic will not stop during the work. “We’ll be keeping two lanes open at all times,” he said, “with the new span to be built just north (about …
Friday, September 23, 2011
The RI Public Interest Research Group says that more than 322 of the state's bridges are 50 years or older.
Friday, September 23, 2011
A new report from the Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group attempts to shed some light on the state of our state's infrastructure. The report states that based on 2009 inspection data and costs, Rhode Island would need $1.13 billion to bring all of our bridges into a state of good repair. By comparison, Rhode Island spent $39 million total on bridge repair and replacement in 2008. The report ranks Rhode Island 4th worst nationally in terms of the overall condition of the state's bridges (1 being the worst, 51 being the best). In Bristol County, PIRG says that out of five bridges, three are structurally deficient, a percentage of 60 percent. Age may be a factor — more than 322 Rhode Island bridges are already 50 years old or older, …