On Water Street, a $2.2 million success story

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It definitely wasn’t swimming weather. But if it was warm enough, they could have. Close to a dozen local and state officials gathered at the Warren Town Beach Friday afternoon to mark the completion of the $2.2 million Water Street Infrastructure Project. It took nearly a year to complete, and those behind it hope the work will rid the Warren Town Beach of the pollution problems that closed it repeatedly over the past few years. State, local and federal funds went to replacing a sewer main just south of Blount Ships, and also to beautify the town beach and Burr’s Hill area. The only thing left to do of any significance is to pave the Burr’s Hill parking lot, which Warren Town Manager Thomas Gordon said should be done in a week or so. In the photo, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, DEM Director Janet Coit, Warren Town Council Vice President David Frerichs and Warren DPW Director John Massed listen as an engineer from Fuss & O’Neill, the town’s engineering firm for the project, talks about the work that was completed.

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