Roadwork to fix flood-prone section of South Kingstown

Construction is underway to repair roadways in South Kingstown. 8/23/16 (WPRI photo)

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Roadwork is underway to help a section of South Kingstown that is prone to flooding.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced Tuesday that it’s investing $6.5 million for the installation of new drainage structures along a section of Kingstown Road near High Street, and will replace pavements, and install sidewalks that are compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

RIDOT says the money will also go towards road striping, adding new street signals, and school zone flashing signs.

Following the harsh winter of 2015, RIDOT invested $18,500 to temporarily patch pot holes.

The $6.5 million project includes a $300,000 contingency and $4.5 million in construction costs.

Construction will typically happen on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with some work happening on Saturdays as the project progresses.

Detours and road closures are possible in the future and will be announced.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.

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