Citizens Bank, new exit ramps near completion

Citizens Bank, new exit ramps near completion

JOHNSTON – With carpeting in place and furniture moving in, the Greenville Avenue Citizens Bank campus is looking ready to meet an expected mid-August opening date, said bank Executive Vice President Michael Knipper.

As construction on the project nears an end, roadwork on Greenville Avenue and the new Route 295 exit ramps are coming to a close as well.

Knipper said final paving on Greenville Avenue from Smokey Drive to Salina Avenue was set to begin Monday, June 11, and continue four or five weeks before completion. Crews are putting down a 3-inch base coat and will complete the road with a 2-inch top coat.

“At that point, we’d finish the whole project,” Knipper said. He said parking lots are paved, the pavers down, and new public recreation fields around the campus are beginning to take shape.

The 424,000-square-foot facility led to installation of 7,000 feet of new sewer and water lines along Greenville Avenue, a Narragansett Bay Commission utility project. Jamie Samons, public affairs manager for NBIC, said once road construction is complete, the road will be beautiful.

“People in the area have been so patient. In the end, they’re getting great new infrastructure for years to come,” Samons said.

The final layers of pavement are being done in sections, starting from Smokey Drive and heading east to Atwood Avenue, then from Atwood to Salina.

Following paving, NBIC will continue cleanup work, and return for landscaping and grass planting in the fall.

Included in the utility project was the million-gallon water line providing stronger water pressure to local residents and the option to connect to the sewer line without paying an assessment fee. The utility is also splitting costs with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on the new Route 295 ramps. According to Knipper, the ramps are targeted to be completed by June 27, but said RIDOT may have a punchlist of items that could push the date back. Many residents who currently use exit 12 are expected to use the new exit 10.

Three traffic lights will be installed on Greenville Avenue as well. One will be at the entrance of the Citizens Bank campus, and a pair will be located on either side of the 295 overpass bridge. Though Knipper said he does not anticipate increased traffic, he said it is hard to estimate how many people will choose to use the Greenville Avenue ramps instead of the Route 44 exit.

Busiest times at the campus are estimated to be between 7 and 8:30 a.m., mostly coming from the south, and again from 4 to 6 p.m. Knipper said exact volume will fluctuate depending on the day of the week, and the facility will operate around the clock.