Westerly in midst of arduous process to replace failing stone culvert in center of downtown

Westerly in midst of arduous process to replace failing stone culvert in center of downtown

Record-Journal


Work started Oct. 3 on a $1.4 million (including contingency) project to replace a decades-old stone stormwater pipe, or culvert. The culvert originates beneath the front of the post office and runs down to the Pawcatuck River.

The work started on Broad Street and involved the dismantling of a traffic island, a part of the project that is necessary to allow for moving a gas line. Removal of the traffic island will make it easier for officials to manage temporary traffic pattern changes that will occur during the construction period.

The initial construction period is anticipated to last about six weeks. The town of Westerly is paying for the work with a $1.5 million disaster-recovery grant made available by the federal government following Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The culvert has been failing since at least 2013. Two temporary repairs have been made since then.

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