Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced on Dec. 4, that the next repair project for road damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is now underway on Ocean Drive in Newport. As part of the repair project, a portion of the road is anticipated to be closed for approximately three weeks for seawall reconstruction, effective Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Through a $1.4 million contract with HK&S Construction of Newport, RIDOT will repair segments of Ocean Drive from the Brenton Point parking area to Goose Neck Cove. The seawall along Ocean Drive and the adjacent shoulders around two small culverts were severely damaged due to the high surf generated by the hurricane.
Repairs will focus on the seawall, sidewalks, curbing and drainage system.
"This particular project focuses on repairs to the supporting roadway system, not just the pavement itself," said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. "We are targeting to return the roadway to the City before the end of the year."
During the repair project, the recommended detour is to follow Harrison Ave. to Castle Hill Ave. and then back to Ocean Drive.
A portion of the project's costs will be funded by the Federal government, including $3 million of quick release emergency relief funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Oct 30.
RIDOT's goal is to complete as much work on storm-damaged State roads as possible before winter. Two other repair projects for Poppasquash Road in Bristol and Conanicus Avenue in Jamestown are set to begin soon and conclude by early next year.