Get involved: Water Street to get facelift

Have a vision for what Water Street should look like? Now’s your chance to tell the town.

Warren will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, to discuss the future Water Street streetscape. It will be held at the Wharf Tavern, which is hosting the town meeting for free.

Warren Town Planner Caroline Wells said the hearing will give members of the public a chance to talk about what they would like to see along Water Street. Now is the time to ask the question, she said, as the state DOT has finally made available $810,000 in federal highway funds that have been set aside for re-doing the busy street. Though the town now has money in hand for the project, Ms. Wells said the next step is determining how it will be spent, and on what. Warren his hired Diprete Engineering and Veri Waterman landscape architects to design a plan for the street, and residents with input are encouraged to go to the meeting. Parameteres of the project are still up in the air, “but really this is to let hte public throw ideas at us,” she said. “We’re capturing ideas.”

The project runs from the intersection of Main down to Long Wharf Drive. And while the $810,00 probably won’t be enough for the entire job, she said, it will be a start. About $100,000 of it will go toward the conceptual plan being worked on by Diprete and Veri.

The $100,000 “will go toward the conceptual plan, so that when we get more money we’ll have a vision. This meeting is to establish what that vision is.”

Though the work will be mostly aesthetic, other aspects of the street will be addressed as well, including crosswalks and traffic management.

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