Back to 'no right on red' from Pleasant View

Back to 'no right on red' from Pleasant View

DOT estimates October completion of Putnam Pike night construction

SMITHFIELD - As the state continues construction work on Putnam Pike in Greenville, it is also in the process of rescinding a change in the traffic pattern there that was causing bottlenecks.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation said the DOT will no longer allow vehicles to turn right on red during peak traffic hours as they enter Putnam Pike from Pleasant View Avenue.

Right turns on red there were completely prohibited before the DOT recently decided to allow them from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

The change produced complaints that the newly permitted flow of traffic westbound on Putnam Pike made it difficult for drivers on nearby Greenville Avenue, where there is no traffic light, to enter the westbound lanes of the main highway.

According to town resident Dwight D. Darling, who brought the matter to the attention of the municipal Traffic Safety Commission, gaining left-turn access to Putnam Pike from Greenville Avenue became virtually impossible after the changes at Pleasant View Avenue, a few hundred feet to the east.

The traffic board agreed with him and asked the DOT to once again prohibit the right turns from Pleasant View at all hours. Both Pleasant View Avenue and Putnam Pike are state roads.

Rosamaria Amoros, public affairs chief for the DOT, told The Valley Breeze & Observer that steps are being taken to reinstate the full-time Pleasant View restrictions.

She said an October completion date is scheduled for the Putnam Pike construction work, which extends eight-tenths of a mile between Danecroft and Austin Avenues.

The $2.3-million project involves new curbing, sidewalks, road resurfacing and drainage work, which is being done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

The project will renew the last remaining section of the road between the Johnston and Glocester town lines that has not been improved in recent years.

The DOT expects the road to remain open to traffic for the duration of the work, being done by the Cardi Corp.

The Town Council requested the project in 2010 after learning that anything more extensive, such as widening the heavily traveled road - also known as Route 44 - was considered too expensive and would be at least a decade away.

Previous state plans for major reconstruction there failed, either because of money shortages or neighborhood opposition.

Town Manager Dennis Finlay pressed for at least some work along that stretch, noting that the area includes historical buildings, the William Winsor Elementary School, Fire Department headquarters, and the Greenville Public library, which draws significant pedestrian traffic.