The Block Island Times

Bids for Corn Neck, Spring Street repair top $3 million

State gets federal disaster declaration
By Pippa Jack and Stephanie Turaj | Nov 11, 2012
Photo by: Grace Luddy

The state’s Department of Transportation has received bids for repair work to storm-wracked Corn Neck Road and Spring Street, and Massachusetts company Northern Construction Service LLC has got the job.

The state has asked the company to rebuild both roads by the end of December.

“The goal is to get work started within the next few weeks and get finished by the end of the calendar year,” said RI DOT spokesman Charles St. Martin, but cautioned that weather and ferry service play a role in the construction timetable.

Northern Construction was the low bidder at $3.1 million. The job will include rebuilding a quarter-mile section of Corn Neck Road that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy and replacing the rip rap, or huge boulders, that line the road. It also means rebuilding a cliff-side curve on Spring Street, just below the Spring House Hotel.

The company’s project manager did not return a call by press time, but staff were working to find accommodations for workers on the island.

The state is looking for federal funds to help repair the damage from Sandy. Late last week, President Obama approved Governor Lincoln Chafee’s request for a disaster declaration and for public assistance for Washington, Newport and Bristol Counties. The designation means eligible municipalities, state agencies and non-profits are eligible to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funds to repair to storm-damaged buildings or infrastructure or for projects to mitigate effects for future damage from similar storms.

The federal government and the state of Rhode Island have already allotted $3 million for road repair around the state.

Washington County suffered the heaviest losses in the state, with an estimated $4.5 million in damage to public property in hard hit communities including Misquamicut, Matunuck and Block Island.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Clarence Casper | Nov 13, 2012 19:41

$3 million for a quarter mile, $12 million/mile?

Some states have developed cost models to guide planning for their highway construction programs. These models give a ballpark figure for various kinds of highway improvements. The following are some examples:

  • Construct a new 2-lane undivided road - about $2-$3 million per mile in rural areas, about $4-5 million in urban areas.

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