RIDOT will address further erosion on Rte. 116

RIDOT will address further erosion on Rte. 116

Asphalt is now breaking away from this 2-year-old section of Route 116 in Lincoln. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

LINCOLN – Eight months after a Valley Breeze inquiry into cracking along the edge of Route 116 in Lincoln, and less than two years after the roadway was repaved, representatives for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation say they’ll install erosion controls.

The Breeze reported last July that a sloped one-mile section of the state road between Lincoln High School and the state salt shed near the bike path at the Cumberland/Lincoln line was cracking. Without curbing in some sections of the median, repeated rains created trenches, and the edge of the roadway dipped, leading to cracking at the edges.

The Breeze originally warned RIDOT officials that the erosion would become an issue shortly after it was paved in the summer of 2016, and officials said at the time that they would look into it.

After being asked again about the situation on Feb. 23, when chunks of asphalt were observed in the road, RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said inspectors reviewed the eroded areas and the agency will now have maintenance crews visit the site to place crushed asphalt along the edge of the pavement to fill in the eroded areas.

“This material, which is reclaimed from pavement resurfacing projects, is commonly used as fill,” he said. “It compacts solidly and will inhibit further erosion along the road, as well as any further pavement cracking at the edge of the roadway.”

Depending on weather, crews were scheduled to visit the area this week, he said.

This section of Route 116 was repaved following years of complaints about the badly deteriorated surface.

Officials said last year that the repaving of this stretch was done as part of a $4.5 million state repaving bond. The exact cost couldn’t be determined, they said, because the job was lumped in with other projects.