July 12, 2014 07:09AM
By NANCY LAVIN
Sun Staff Writer
WESTERLY— Crews from National Grid will begin work to repave several town and state roads on Monday.
The uneven asphalt on nine roads, including sections of Franklin Street and High Street, will be milled down before new asphalt is laid, according to National Grid spokesman David Graves. The total repaving process for all roads will take about two weeks total, providing there are no weather-related delays, with crews on site from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Graves said.
“We’d like to get this wrapped up with a minimal amount of disturbance to traffic,” Graves said, noting that the volume of tourists in the summer heightened the need to quickly finish the work.
Another set of roads, including sections of Beach Street and Tower Street, will be repaved in the fall. Several sections of Beach Street were dug up by National Grid crews this winter to repair a leak within a steel gas main. Temporary patches were placed on those areas, which will undergo a final resurfacing in the fall to allow time for the new asphalt to settle, Graves said.
State Sen. Dennis Algiere, R-Westerly, met with National Grid representatives following the repairs to Beach Street in February to ensure that the dug up roads would be fully repaved. Algiere submitted a proposal that resulted in a $2.5 million road reconstruction project funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to repave a number of roads in Westerly. That work was completed months before National Grid dug several of them up, including Beach Street.
“They’ve been repairing a lot of gas lines in town, which has resulted in bumpier roads,” Algiere said. “I’m satisfied with this effort that many of the roads that have been dug up will be made more passable for motorists.”
The full list of roads being repaired beginning on Monday includes sections of York Avenue, Highland Avenue, Judi Lane, Summer Street, John Street, Longvue Avenue, North Main Street, Penston Avenue, Franklin Street and High Street.
Sections of Beach Street will undergo repaving work later this year, along with Ledward Avenue, Joshua Street, Thompson Avenue, Park Avenue and Tower Street.
Algiere said he expected work on the second set of roads to finish in the late fall.