Good news for residents on Columbus Avenue, Robbins Drive, Second Street and 22 other local roadways: Fresh asphalt is coming your way.
The Barrington Town Council recently approved $1.6 million for this year’s road resurfacing project. The money will cover the costs associated with paving dozens of roads in town — there are 25 streets selected for the first wave of work.
Barrington Department of Public Works Director Alan Corvi recommended the council award the bid to D’Ambra Construction Co., Inc. D’Ambra offered the lowest bid ($1,319,698) of four contractors who submitted applications to do the work. Cardi Corporation, JH Lynch and Sons and Narragansett Improvement Company also filed bids for the work.
The council approved an additional $280,301 to cover contingencies and the possible addition of other roadways. Funding for the project comes from the $4 million road bond voters approved at last year’s financial town meeting.
Mr. Corvi told the council that he capped the first wave at 25 roads for practical purposes.
“It’s going to be a full-time job chasing a contractor all summer long,” he said. “Just for overall management we needed to break it up.”
Mr. Corvi also told the council members that state roads in Barrington were not included in the upcoming asphalt work, specifically mentioning Nayatt Road, Washington Road and Middle Highway.
Staff at the DPW surveyed local roads and selected the streets they deemed to be most in need of repaving. Mr. Corvi said there were two roads that had been picked for fresh asphalt but were left off the list because the gas company was scheduled to do work on those roads and would be digging up the pavement.
The director of public works also offered some insight to the council regarding utility trenches dug in local roads.
He said the trenches — such as the one recently dug on Bay Spring Avenue — allow for utility work under the road surface. He said he is reluctant to deny applications submitted by utility companies to open local roads because he knows how important the repairs are.
“Last year (the crews) did four miles of trenches (in Barrington). That’s indicative of how bad the gas mains were,” he said.
Mr. Corvi said the sandy soil in some parts of town also wreaks havoc with the trenches — he said the soil takes a long time to settle and can result in uneven asphalt in the trenches.
First wave of fresh asphalt
Following are the streets due to be repaved in the first wave of a three-phase repaving project:
Apple Tree Lane
North Lake Drive (section)
Oak Grove Avenue
Pine Cone Drive