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McNamara: Salter Grove Causeway Safer, More Accessible

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Rep. Joseph McNamara, (D-Dist 19) explains improvements in safety and accessibility at the Salter Grove causeway.

WARWICK, RI — The Friends of Salter Grove (FoSG) and Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick) celebrated a new playground at Saltes Grove Park and a rebuilt causeway nearby, eliminating a high-tide drowning risk for fishermen.

In 2016, members of the FoSG met with McNamara at the causeway in Salter Grove Park, a city park with some aspects managed by the RI DEM, to discuss finding support for the rebuild of the park and causeway.

The causeway, about half a mile long, was first built in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers and provides a walking surface for hikers and fishermen to the breakwater running along upper Narragansett Bay/Providence River that connects Rock Island at the south with Marsh Island to the north.

Damage from a series of storms, particularly Super Storm Sandy in 2010, damaged a bridge across a gap in the eastern end of the causeway leading from the parking area to the breakwater.

Narragansett Dock Works began repairing the causeway, Aug. 14, following the Warwick City Council’s May 21 approval of NDW to repair the causeway with a $200,000 budget partnering with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

NDW planned to install a prefabricated concrete box culverts at the sites of the displaced footbridge near the breakwater and the existing plastic culverts.


Rob Borkowski
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