Town awards bid for Route 102 water project to Johnston-based contractor

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BURRILLVILLE – A $735,000 water line extension project that will improve fire safety for businesses in Industrial Park is soon set to begin, with the town council voting last week to award the contract for the work to Rosciti Construction.

The company will extend the existing 12 inch lines from the Route 102/Daniele Drive intersection 3,500 feet north, while creating a loop in the water system.

The Johnston-based company will be paid $497,045 to complete the work, with a contingency of up to $75,000 more set aside for any unexpected expenses. The money will come from the town’s general fund, to later be reimbursed with a loan from the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.

Harrisville Fire District paid for construction materials at a cost of roughly $164,000.

The Industrial Foundation manages Commerce Park and obtained needed permits, including communications with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

A public hearing on the project was held back in February.

“This project has been in the works for many years,” explained Town Manager Michael Wood. “This is a joint effort between the Industrial Foundation the Harrisville Fire District and the town of Burrillville.”

Discussion of the extension can be traced as far back as 2001, when the town established a committee to study the Route 102 corridor as a point of entry into Burrillville for most residents and visitors.

Wood noted that looping the water system is a priority for public safety in the Harrisville District to eliminate a current “dead end.” The project also ensures that businesses in the Industrial Park have redundant water for fire and other water uses.

No one spoke either for or against the work at the public hearing.

Councilors voted unanimously to award the bid for the work to Rosciti, a company that specializes in infrastructure piping including sanitary sewer, domestic water, storm sewer and underground retention systems for commercial, industrial and municipal customers.  Councilor David Place abstained from the vote.