Bumpy Water Street due for re-pave

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Worry not, drivers. Rutted, bumpy and otherwise torn-up lower Water Street will be re-paved, bringing relief to residents who have had to navigate the pockmarked road since a $2 million sewer project began late last year. But it will still take a few months.

Workers from CB Utility in Bristol deferred to the winter and took a month off from their sewer line replacement project adjacent to and just north of the Warren Town Beach, but will start again in a few weeks, Warren Town Manager Thomas Gordon said Thursday. The final part of the project is to re-pave the road, which was torn up multiple times, in multiple places, while workers did their job. Also on the list of jobs yet to do, Mr. Gordon said, is drainage work at Burr's Hill, re-paving the park's parking lot, and installing some crosswalks.

Voters approved the $2 million project in hopes of alleviating the eColi bacteria problem that has plagued the waters off the town beach for years. The pollution was due in large part to the area's deteriorated sewer lines, many of which are close to a century old. In approving the lines' total replacement, town officials rejected an alternative plan to line the existing pipes with impermeable liners.

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