Pawtucket to begin major road repaving project

Pawtucket municipal road crews will begin a major repaving program on Tuesday.

Paving work will begin on Cottage Street and Central Avenue. When completed, crews will repave more than 20 miles of city roads.

"This project will improve our transportation infrastructure for residents and businesses, while enhancing public safety and the city's overall quality of life," Mayor Donald Grebien said in a news release.

Paving work will continue through mid-November, if the weather cooperates, according to Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill.

Grebien also said passing a $15 million road bond question on November's ballot would allow repaving of the worst half of all substandard city road segments over the next three years.

This repair phase taps into state low-interest bond funds approved for Pawtucket of $3.5 million, the highest allocation awarded to any Rhode Island community under the new Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund.