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Sandy Lane Detour Starts Monday for Pre-emptive Sewer Repair

[CREDIT: City of Warwick] During Sandy Lane repair work, a detour will change traffic patterns starting Monday at approximately 7 a.m., and remain in effect for about one week:

WARWICK – On Monday, the Warwick Sewer Authority and DPW will start a week-long repair project to prevent 600 linear feet of sewer pipe along West Shore Road from failing that will require a week-long detour.

The last repair of 154 ft. of sewer line that collapsed the day before Thanksgiving took weeks of work, and alsorequired a detour. This detour will only last a week, though an original estimate put the repair time in January was two days. The new detour involves a temporary closure of Sandy Lane, a small section on Armory Drive and another section in the public works yard. 

Replacing that section of pipe

would normally take at least a month, Burke Wells told the Sewer Authoritymembers during their Jan. 9 meeting. But, she said, vendors had another option,a procedure that would repair the damaged pipe and reinforce it, likely lastinganother 50 years.

DPW Director Mat Solitro described it as a tube of cured-in-place piping resembling big, gray sock, that would be inserted into the existing pipe. Then, either water or steam will be pumped into the piping to expand it, hardening it into an interior coating of the damaged pipe that’s now whole again.

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During this work, a detour will change traffic patterns starting Mondayat approximately 7 a.m.,which will remain in effect for about one week:

Except for local traffic, all passenger vehicles will be detoured:

  • Eastbound traffic on Sandy Lane will bediverted to Whitford Street, then to Ingalls Street, up Range Road and ontoCedar Swamp Road
  • Westbound traffic on Sandy Lane will bediverted onto Cedar Swamp Road to Range Road, then to Ingalls Street and downWhitford Street.
  • Signage for detour routes will be in place.Detail officers will be stationed at Sandy Lane, West Shore Road, WarwickVeterans School and Oakland Beach Avenue.
  • Cars only will be allowed to use thedetour.Any vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 or greater must seek alternateroutes.
  • Motorists should expect delays. Traffic lawswill be strictly enforced in residential areas. Traffic details will remain inplace for the duration of the repair work.
  • The Boys & Girls Club activities at theCooper Armory will remain on regular schedule and will not be affected.
  • The School department will be advisingparents and students about bus stop through their ConnectEd system.

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