State's plan for Putnam Pike and Esmond Street corner now far less ambitious

State's plan for Putnam Pike and Esmond Street corner now far less ambitious

SMITHFIELD - After hearing adverse reaction from town officials, the state has backed away from its planned $500,000 traffic-control project at Putnam Pike and Esmond Street, and instead will make simpler changes there requiring no road construction and no condemnation of private land.

The initial proposal, calling for dual left-hand turn lanes onto Esmond Street for eastbound traffic on Putnam Pike, produced concerns from both Town Engineer Kevin Cleary and Town Manager Dennis Finlay.

They said the state plan might actually compromise safety in the area, and also contended that the proposed taking of parking spaces from two businesses on the corner would create a hardship.

This week, the Department of Transportation's chief engineer, Kazem Farhoumand, confirmed that the project has been scaled back and that the corner will be left unchanged, retaining the existing single left-hand turn lane.


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