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RIDOT cites construction efforts as cause for flooding during rain storm

Construction efforts led to major flooding and bumper to bumper traffic on Interstate 95, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said on Monday, June 19, 2017. (WJAR)

Construction efforts led to major flooding and bumper to bumper traffic on Interstate 95, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said on Monday.

NBC 10 News reported to the scene near Thurbers Avenue on Friday, with cameras catching drivers backed up all the way from Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick.

RIDOT Project Management David Fish cited the problem as drain clogging, noting that debris and construction material built up along the drains.

“I think since the existing drainage functioned properly up until this event, so we know it was designed properly and it can handle the required run-off during these particular storm events,” Fish said. “(We know) that it was really just a matter of using that silk sack over those grates during construction and we are going forward not going to use those sacks.”

The department will be taking more proactive preparations, especially with so many weather advisories leading up to Friday's storm.

“We are going to remove those silk sacks and the drainage will go back to acting properly, free-flow so we don't anticipate we will have that same flooding issue at this particular location,” Fish said.

RIDOT crews arrived to clear the flooding, finishing around 10 p.m. Friday.

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