Slow ride on Warren's Metacom

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Metacom Avenue commuters might have to get used to more congestion — a state project to install new sidewalks along the busy road is set to continue until late fall.

Workers from the Cardi Corporation have several more months' worth of work before they finish a $1.6 million state DOT contract to make improvements to sidewalks and curbs along the state road. Workers who started just before the Fourth of July holiday — the overall project, actually, started last October — will replace curbs and sidewalks on both sides of the road, make improvements to some of Metacom's traffic signals between Franklin Street and Harris Avenue, and install new driveways into and out of businesses along the route. They'll also improve drainage in some areas, the DOT's Rosamaria Amoros said.

Though they're working daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., work is expected to continue "until further notice," according to a DOT briefing on the work.

Commuters who are already used to slow rush hour traffic along Metacom have found the construction slowed it considerably, especially as traffic increased leading up to the Fourth of July holiday.

Southbound traffic into Bristol often backs up in the afternoon as far north as the Dunkin Donuts and Kentucky Fried Chicken, but drivers have reported traffic jams stretching as far north as the Job Lot plaza.

Metacom Avenue

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