Village will finally get new sidewalks; project starts Monday
Town Planner Lisa Bryer said Tuesday that the project was 14 years in the making. The town had just received federal funding for the sidewalk project when she was hired as the town planner in November 1997. “Construction will finally begin after all we’ve been through with funding and archeological issues,” she said.
The project is expected to cost $640,000.
Bryer said work will begin Monday at East Ferry at Veterans Square and the triangle. Construction crews will then move west on Narragansett Avenue, working on one side of the street and then the other. Plans call for construction to be performed in 300-foot increments.
Town Engineer Mike Gray, who will oversee the project, explained that work crews will first remove and replace curbing. Then crews will demolish the old sidewalks, build forms and pour concrete for the new sidewalks.
Gray said that during the next three months, parking along Narragansett Avenue will be limited during the day. “Each day there will be different areas closed to parking,” he said. Efforts will be made to accommodate pedestrians, he added.
Bryer said the construction crews will clean up Narragansett Avenue for the Memorial Day parade. Work will then continue until June 17 when the project will be halted for the summer. The contractor will resume construction work on Sept. 12, she said.
The project landscaping will be performed in the fall, Bryer said, with tree plantings, benches, trash containers and crosswalks installed. Some trees will need to be replaced, especially those that are diseased or failing, she added.
The project designs designates crosswalk curbing “bump outs” at the intersections of Clinton Avenue and Green Avenue, she said. The bump outs should not extend into the street any further than a parked automobile, so should not hinder traffic, she added.
The sidewalks will be replaced to Grinnell Street on the north side of Narragansett Avenue and to Clinton Street on the south side.
Jamestown has benefited from the economy on the project cost, Bryer pointed out. Three years ago it would have cost more than $1 million. The low bidder on the project that begins Monday came in at $640,000.
“We’re hoping that since there is money left over we can talk the state Department of Transportation into extending the project to the post office,” Bryer said. However, she thought that would be unlikely.