Bridge reconstruction kicks off Monday
Reconstruction of the historic Mill Pond Bridge and its culvert on Old Town Road is scheduled to start on Monday, March 5, and involve a short daytime water main shutdown that will impact a handful of customers.
Town Manager Ed Roberge told The Block Island Times that “full kick off” of the project will begin with contractor J.H. Lynch & Sons arriving with equipment to begin the work.
Roberge said the old culvert located under the bridge will be covered by a concrete slab to buffer the weight of crossing vehicles. He noted that the existing water main running through the middle of Old Town Road will be shut down on Thursday, March 8, so that it can be relocated around that new concrete slab. Roberge said the shutdown will last for about six to eight hours, and affect eight customers, including Town Hall. “Notices have been sent out to customers regarding the planned shutdown,” he said.
“We appreciate the public’s patience during this process,” said Roberge. “The completion date is early May, and we’re on target.” The budget for the project is about $700,000.
Fred Benson Beach Pavilion update
Roberge said renovations of the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion are progressing well, and the building will be open for Memorial Day, which is May 28. The Beach Pavilion is being renovated by Lincoln-based Mill City Construction, and the town has $940,000 at its disposal to fund the project. Roberge said that Facilities Manager Sam Bird was happy with Mill City’s work on the project, despite weather challenges during the winter months.
“The Beach Pavilion is on track,” said Roberge, who noted that the completion deadline was extended about two weeks to add two housing rental units to the project. The units will be subsidized by contingency funds, and accommodate three beds for housing seasonal town employees. “It looks like the project will be completed in the middle part of May,” he said.