East Bay Bike Path construction projects to begin next week – Fall River Reporter
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announces that two sections of the East Bay Bikeway will be closed for construction projects during the week of July 18-22. The first, for resurfacing bike paths, could result in a possible lane closure on Crescent View Avenue in Riverside. The second project, involving the installation of a new water main by the Bristol County Water Authority, could lead to a partial closure of the path just south of Aaron Avenue in Bristol.
Tree root growth under the bike path caused “pavement heaving” on the section in need of repairs at Riverside. Ruts have formed with the compacted roots forcing the pavement to heave and crack, creating safety issues for users of the cycle path. Repairs on the way will be between Crescent View Avenue and Lincoln Avenue and drivers should be aware that this could lead to traffic jams.
The Bristol County Water Authority plans to install a new water main to connect the northern end of Shore Road to the western end of Aaron Avenue in Bristol. This will require a trench approximately 400 feet in length to be installed in the right-of-way of a bicycle path. Although most of the work will be carried out using security fencing and maintaining full use of the cycle path for pedestrians and cyclists, there will be some days when a partial closure of the path will be necessary. During these times, BCWA will maintain alternate foot traffic in the work zone with lane closure details from DEM’s Enforcement Division.