DPW to start road work on Park Place

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BURRILLVILLE – Money saved by the Department of Public Works on the project to pave Log Road will be funneled into some extra roadwork to be completed this year, with roughly $80,000 used to repair Park Place in Pascoag.

DPW Director Jeffrey McCormick told the Town Council that the recently completed construction work on Log Road came in $100,000 under budget.

“There was a pipe that we had to get through a property and we did the pipe versus a contractor,” said McCormick.

It is one of many projects DPW has completed this year.

The town finished paving work on Lake Shore, Shady Lane, Highland, Lake View Avenue, Maple Terrace and Beach Road in June, with the remaining work to be finished by November. Work on Wilson Reservoir Spillway was completed in March, and DPW has made drainage improvements on various roadways, rebuilding catch basins.

Drainage piping and catch basins on South Brook Street will be completed before winter.

“We got 107 done. We’ve got downtown Pascoag done,” said McCormick of the road projects.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation also did roadwork in town, completing the replacement of Shippee Bridge, and starting construction on the Railroad Avenue Bridge. Improvements to Union Avenue and to Pascoag Main Street are ongoing.

On DPW’s list for the near future are the sidewalks and roadway on Sayles Avenue, a project currently in the design phase expected to be begin construction next spring. The Oakland Bike Path is in the permitting stage.

With Town Council approval the funding, McCormick also hopes to begin reclamation and paving on Buxton Street. Mapleville Main Street reconstruction is another hoped for future project.

RIDOT plans for next year, meanwhile, include the intersection of East Wallum Lake Road and Route 100. The segment of Victory Highway between East Avenue and Bridge 105 is currently in design.

Park Place, a small road that runs off of Pascoag Main Street, was also on a list of hoped-for future projects, but is able to be started thanks to savings DPW workers gained for the town on Log Road over the summer. The Town Council approved using $86,800 of the $100,784 remaining in DPW’s capital improvement account for the small Pascoag road.

“We should see this more often,” said Councilor Donald Fox of the savings. “That’s fantastic.”

Councilor David Place added, “Park Place is shorter than some driveways in Burrillville so I think it’s a good expansion of the downtown Pascoag project.”

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