STATE HOUSE – In what has become a perennial problem for residents of Northern Rhode Island and commuters alike, the route 146/route 295 interchange in Lincoln is again in a state of great disrepair. This section of the roadway is plagued by oversized potholes which are caused by the cumulative effect of the high traffic levels, water run-off, salt, and other weather related factors.
After hearing the complaints of many constituents and experiencing the poor road conditions himself, Rep. Brian C. Newberry (R-Dist. 48, North Smithfield, Burrillville) has written to Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis requesting immediate action to remedy these problems.
“I am hopeful that the DOT will be able to act quickly to make either permanent or at least temporary repairs of this section of the highway,” said Representative Newberry. “As the residents of Northern Rhode Island know, this is a very highly traveled roadway, and its present condition increases travel times for commuters and the chances of accidents and damage to vehicles. The simple fact of the matter is that this roadway is a hazard and will remain so as long as it remains in its current condition, and that is why I have called for immediate action to fix it.”
Representative Newberry has requested that the DOT take action to permanently resolve this issue, however, he did indicate that at this point even a temporary repair would be tolerable and that inaction is simply not an option.
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