East Avenue will be repaved next week

East Avenue will be repaved next week

Heavy machines ripped up the old asphalt along First Street on April 11. The city has wrapped up its spring paving season. Fall paving will start between mid-August and mid-September
City nearly finished with spring list

PAWTUCKET – The city has completed the spring paving list of about 40 road sections, with the exception of East Avenue, which is scheduled for next week.

The Pawtucket Department of Public Works was able to cover some major thoroughfares with new asphalt, said Mayor Donald Grebien, including Power Road and School Street.

 “We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our residents and local businesses to upgrade their streets and neighborhoods,” he said. “Through voter-approved bonding, we have been able to improve approximately 50 percent, or 100 miles, of our roadways over the past seven years.”

The DPW is scheduled to start the roadwork on East Avenue next Monday, July 16, but that date is subject to change. Residents and business owners will see no-parking postings on their street by this Saturday, July 14. East Avenue was scheduled for paving more than a year ago but was delayed due to a water main replacement and then a gas main replacement.

Another 15 miles of roadway were planned to be redone this year.

All roads up for repaving are being decided based on a complex rating system completed by an outside company, a move Grebien intended to take “politics” out of the paving process. Under the rating system, if followed, it’s not possible to emphasize one area of the city over all others.

DPW officials plan to start fall paving between the middle of August and middle of September, weather and vendor scheduling permitting. There will be no paving after Oct. 31. The city is tentatively scheduled to repave the following street sections this fall:

• Chandler Avenue, from Power Road to the end.

• Chandler Avenue, from Fairlawn Avenue to Columbia Avenue.

• Warren Avenue, from Newell Avenue to Esten Avenue.

• Grenville Street, from Main Street to Nashua Street.

• Grenville Street, from Nashua Street to Ann Mary Street.

• Raleigh Avenue, from Oak Hill Avenue to Alfred Stone Road.

• Union Street, from George Street to Pine Street.

• Beechwood Avenue, from Prospect Street to School Street.

• School Street, from Division Street to Rosewood Street.

• Riverview Avenue, from Prospect Street to School Street.

• Grand Avenue, from Central Avenue to Warwick Road.

• Archer Street, from Pinecrest Drive to Clews Street.

• Main Street, from Park Place to Pine Street.

If the list is not completed, streets will be added to the spring list. Some streets are carryovers due to work by National Grid and the Water Department. Additional streets may be added pending National Grid scheduling approval.