Paving set at Westport's East Beach, Lakeshore


Weather permitting, a long awaited coating of blacktop will be applied next week to two of Westport's bumpiest roads.

Narragansett Improvement Co. will begin work at East Beach Road and at Lakeshore Road most likely on Tuesday, Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves said Monday. They'll likely begin the work on Tuesday.

Crews were out grading East Beach Road late last week to smooth it for the pavement to come.

Last year, a contractor applied a mix of 'reconstituted asphalt' to East Beach Road as an intended fix of earlier storm damage.

But motorists said that job left the road at least as bumpy as before — like a washboard some said.

Lakeshore Avenue, a small road that runs along the east side of South Watuppa Pond, was washed out during rainstorms.

Initial plans were to include Beach Avenue in the paving contract but a divided Board of Selectmen finally opted not to pave Beach Avenue after receiving numerous complaints about the plan. Beach Avenue is instead getting a packed gravel coating (this week, again if weather allows), the extent of which has raised still more debate.



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