CENTRAL FALLS — By being able to piggy-back on the Pawtucket Water Supply Board's water main replacement project, 14 local roads have been newly repaved at no cost to the city.
Central Falls DPW Director Joseph Nield said that the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) earlier this year embarked on a program to replace water mains and pipes in the water district that were 25 years old or beyond. The replacement project involved sections of 14 roads that were dug up and fitted with new pipes and mains.
Under the project, Nield said, the PWSB was obligated to fill the trenches and then offered the option to city officials of filling the trenches with four inches of macadam or 1.5 inches of asphalt over the entire road. Nield opted for the resurfacing option, and then calculated how much it would be for the city to pay for the necessary cold planing to complete the roadwork.
In total, the project involved 2,074 tons of asphalt and covering 24,058 square feet of street area.
Nield said the cold planing amounted to $39,000, which would have been covered under a $50,000 budget for road repairs that the Receiver's Council had originally approved, contingent on the city getting $1.5 million in state funding. When the state aid didn't materialize, he said he spoke with the city's Planning Department, which eventually found the needed $39,000 through federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
“So, the roads have been improved at no cost to taxpayers,” said Nield. “And I've already gotten a lot of positive feedback from residents.”
The roads that have been repaved include Sylvian Street, Perry Street, Beacon Street, Phillips Street, King Street, Summer Street, Mowery Street, Mary Street, Hollie Street, Madison Avenue, Moore Street, Kendall Street, Brook Street and Orchard Street.