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Two Lanes of Veterans Memorial Drive Shutting Down April 1

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The two norther lanes of Veterans Memorial Drive will close April 1 for a reconstruction of the road lasting four weeks before shifting to the southern two lanes.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The two norther lanes of Veterans Memorial Drive will close April 1 for a reconstruction of the road lasting four weeks before shifting to the southern two lanes. The photo above shows traffic moving on the one-way road March 23 at about 3:30 p.m.
Apponaug VMH March 4
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A view of Veterans Memorial Drive at the intersection of Post Road and the Post Road extension, taken at about 3:30 p.m. March 23.
Warwick, R.I. — RIDOT plans to start reconstruction of the north side of Veterans Memorial Drive April as the $29.9 million Apponaug Circulator Project continues, shutting down those two lanes for about four weeks before reconstructing the south lanes.

The reconstruction will involve pavement removal, installation of a gravel sub-base and hot mix asphalt, and the installation of new curbing and sidewalks. In about four weeks, the southbound lanes will get the same treatment, and traffic will be moved to the newly reconstructed lanes until those are finished, the RIDOT reports.
Access to driveways and side streets will be maintained during the reconstruction.

At the former mill site,  RIDOT is continuing work on the new bypass spillway structure, installation of the gravel sub-base prior to putting down hot mix asphalt, curbing and sidewalk, installation of the highway lighting system, and some drainage work.

RIDOT traffic advisories for other Warwick roads:

  • Rte. 37 Ramp closures may also be necessary Thursday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. along Route 37 East and West, from Natick Avenue to Post Road. Please follow signed detours. Otherwise, the standard right lane and shoulder closures on Route 37 East and West will remain, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Route 117 (Centerville Road) One lane will be closed for Warwick Sewer Authority sewer main installation on Route 117 (Centerville Road) West, from Diamond Hill Road to Orchard Avenue, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A view of construction on the mill site in Apponaug, looking toward Veterans Memorial Drive along a new road being built between the Toll Gate Road and Centerville Road intersection and the Greenwich Avenue/Veterans Memorial Drive intersection.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A view of construction on the mill site in Apponaug, looking toward Veterans Memorial Drive along a new road being built between the Toll Gate Road and Centerville Road intersection and the Greenwich Avenue/Veterans Memorial Drive intersection.
Apponaug VMH March 2
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Traffic moves through the Greenwich Avenue/Veterans Memorial Drive intersection March 23.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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