Major re-paving project for Pawtucket roads begins

The project covers more than 10 percent of the city's roads.

Pawtucket is looking to iron out the bumps in the roads, and there a lot of them.The city is beginning a road paving project Tuesday that is expected to continue through November, covering more than 10% of the city's roadways.

The work begins on Cottage Street and Central Avenue.

"I drive around Cottage Street. It's one of the worst roads," city resident Elizabeth Kenney told NBC10. "You have to drive down the center of the road to miss the potholes. It's absolutely ridiculous."

The city is planning to pave 20 out of its 180 miles of road and 325 sections of road at the cost of $3.5 million.

The money is coming from the city budget by way of a low-interest long-term bond through a new state program. The mayor's office says this is a just a fraction of the work that needs to be done. "The problem is the result of a lot of wear and tear over the years and a lot of deferred maintenance," Dylan Zelazo from the mayor's office told NBC 10.

He says the expense and some extra traffic and noise during this construction are well worth it. "It's a major quality of life issue. It's a public safety issue. It's an economic development issue, too."

"The roads are terrible. My van is a mess because I go over bumps," Kristie Lavornia told NBC10. She lives just off Cottage St. "If it means making it look better, I'm all for making it look better, because it just looks terrible."

City leaders hope this project is just the beginning. They'll be asking residents on the November ballot to approve $15 million more to repair city streets.