WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Woonsocket road surface is positively antique. It was originally laid down in June 1927, and a skim over-coating in the 1970s had limited success.
“The work slated for Snow Street is long overdue,” said Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt in a news release last week.
Residents are thankful: “I think it was a very good idea… for so many years, it’s been bad to drive on,” said Leo Savaria, who lives nearby. Wife Jeanne agrees: “It needed it very bad!” she said.
The city Department of Public Works started tearing up the asphalt Wednesday morning to prepare Snow Street for repaving. DPW director Steven D’Agostino expects the work to be complete by the middle of September, and cost about $20,000.
Why did it take 88 years to repave the street?
“You know, that’s a good question,” said D’Agostino. “I’d just say neglect, really, that was passed over for whatever reason.”
Which was the wrong move, D’Agostino added; Snow Street is a major thoroughfare, with several homes with elderly residents. It certainly needed refinishing.
Three other roads needing repaving are expected to be finished by Thanksgiving, D’Agostino said.