Downtown water main work ahead of schedule
The consensus is that C. Brito Construction of Bristol is doing a good job installing a new water main on Narragansett Avenue, in the business district of the village. They are slightly ahead of schedule, and the have kept the noise, dust, and inconvenience to businesses, residents, and visitors at a minimum, according to business owners, work crew, and town officials.
"The timing for the project could have been better, but everything seems to be moving along well," said Bill Munger, owner of Conanicut Marine Services on Narragansett Avenue. "I understand that they couldn't do the job until the asphalt companies were open. They had to wait until after the cold weather. The end of March would have been better because we're putting boats in the water now and the tourists are already here. Maybe they could have waited until the fall. But none of that matters because they're doing it now, and I must say they're doing a good job. It's a minor inconvenience for the businesses for a day or two, and I suppose a few customers were lost here and there, but it's to be expected. They clean up every night, and they only work four days a week. It could have been much worse," Munger added.
Scott Sherman of Jamestown True Value Hardware at 5 Narragansett Ave. near East Ferry feels a little more strongly. "I think they're doing a great job. But it definitely hurt our business on the day they were at this end of the street. We only have three parking spots in front of the store, and when our driveway is blocked and we can't make deliveries, we lose sales. We're pretty much a daytime business, and we depend on traffic, so we'll be glad to see the job completed. It's nice that they don't work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though. But what are you going to do? You can't put in a new waterline without digging up the street," he said.
Augusta Mendez, the project manager from C. Brito Construction said, "The job is going smoothly. We're farther along than we expected at this time. The men are good about cleaning up at the end of the day, and we try to keep the dust down. Everybody seems to be patient," he said.
Mark Robertson of the Jamestown Water Department, who is overseeing the job for the town with Director of Public Works Steve Goslee said, "The job is ahead of schedule. We'll finish at the Four Corners this week. Then we go back down to East Ferry and make the line live so we can chlorinate it. In 24 to 48 hours, we'll get a report from the health department, hopefully telling us it's safe. Then we'll start tying in (to the customer lines). We're pleased. We have no complaints," he added.
Archeologist Alan Strauss, owner of Cultural Resource Specialists, was hired by the town to monitor the trenches to look for any possible human remains from Native American burial grounds. "The crew has done a wonderful job," he said. "They are very cooperative
and work quickly. We haven't found anything yet, but don't expect to until we reach the top of the hill closer to the Four Corners. If we find anything, will probably be there," he said.
Sergeant Jack Dube of the police department, who is in charge of traffic said, "The project has been nothing more than minor inconvenience to everybody. The Brito crew is working efficiently and has tried very hard to have as little impact on the citizenry as possible. Traffic has not been a problem. Everybody has been co-operative and patient. The crew cleans up so well when they leave at the end of the day that you hardly know they were there," Dube added.