Work crews from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation were working on Poppasquash Road on Thursday, where they took core samples from a section that was washed out by Hurricane Sandy.
Federal and State disaster relief money will pay for the repair of the state road said Bristol’s director of public works, Jim Galuska.
The day after Hurricane Sandy tore through Rhode Island, the washout was discovered during a routine check by fire chief Bob Martin. Deeming the road unsafe for heavy vehicles, Chief Martin immediately instructed fire crews to avoid entering Poppasquash Road through Hope Stree, and instead access the area through Colt State Park.
Once state DOT engineers surveyed the erosion beneath the roadway, where a 30 foot section of seawall collapsed, the road was closed to all but local traffic. It will remain closed until the repairs are complete.
On Thursday, the crews drilled through the asphalt road surface and into the earth beneath to determine the extent of damage and condition of the subsurface to help engineers determine what needs to be done to repair the road and restore the seawall.