Diamond Hill water line work starting soon

Diamond Hill water line work starting soon

CUMBERLAND – Residents who’ve worried about the combined impact of a major roundabout construction project and water line installation work happening all at once along Diamond Hill Road may be relieved to learn that the projects won’t overlap much.

Water Supt. Chris Champi, updating the Town Council last week, told them that the first phase of the planned 2.25-mile replacement of a 10-inch water line from Route 295 to Nate Whipple Highway – a short stretch from Route 295 to Raymond Drive – will start by the end of June and last for about three weeks.

By the time the project to bring two new roundabouts to the Route 295 exits and a realignment of Chapel Four Corners is set to get going in earnest, tentatively in August, the pipe replacement work should be advanced to the area of Phantom Farms, nearly another mile down Diamond Hill Road from Raymond Drive, said Champi. The remaining mile from Phantom Farms to Nate Whipple will then begin, putting a “substantial lull” for drivers between that project and the roundabout work, he said.

Work will be done at night on phase one, said Champi, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 7 a.m. to no later than 3 p.m. on Fridays for once-a-week trench paving. Once past Raymond Drive, work will go from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 7 a.m. to as long as it takes to do the trench paving on Saturdays.

Champi said he met with public safety officials to coordinate police details and fire and rescue access.

In addition to the night work nuisance, residents will also be made aware that water bypassing piping, above-ground pipes used to maintain water flow to homes, will heat up in the sun and cause water to come out hot. The night work is being done to start out to have the least impact on traffic possible, he said.

Champi said traffic will be maintained on Diamond Hill Road, but the space for driving will get narrow at times.

The town is saving about $700,000 by coordinating the water line replacement with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Through an agreement reached by Mayor Bill Murray and Rep. Jim McLaughlin, among others, the state will cover costs of final repaving of the stretch, a job that is typically covered by a municipality when it undertakes a water line replacement project.