If there is money left over in the capital project appropriation, Mr. Kehew said that DPW will use it on crack sealing.
For more information contact the Public Works Department at 683-0362.
New flood-control system coming to Islington
Two flood-control systems installed by DPW a few years ago have worked so successfully that a third will be built under Islington Avenue sometime this year.
Called an underground injection control system, stormwater flows into catch basins where sand and stone capture the rainwater and then slowly releases it into the earth.
It has worked exceptionally well on flood-prone Rhode Island Boulevard and Cove Street, Mr. Kehew said. He says there’s no longer a problem with flooding on those roads. “It has exceeded our expectations,” he says.
For Islington Avenue residents any drainage work would help. Mr. Kehew says there aren’t even any catch basins to get stormwater off the road. Making matters worse is that Islington Avenue has a long hollow section that holds water for days, he said.
“Every time it rains the street just holds water,” Mr. Kehew said. “It’s like residents have their own private pond in the front yard. It just stays and stays until it eventually evaporates.”
Asked about the flood-prone section of Anthony Road under the railroad bridge, Mr. Kehew said the state (which owns that part of the road) has promised to do work to improve it soon.