Sidewalks, curbs upgraded in Lincoln this summer

Sidewalks, curbs upgraded in Lincoln this summer

For the replacement of sidewalks and curbs along Summer Street in Manville, the Town of Lincoln is requiring the installation of long-lasting granite curbstones, as opposed to the shorter-lived concrete curbs. (Valley Breeze Photos by Tom Ward )

LINCOLN - Work on the town's roads and curbs has been ongoing throughout the summer, with projects in Manville and off Front Street showing progress through their new granite curbs.

These curbs, which last 50 years to cement curbs' 10, are required in Lincoln, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said.

"It's a better investment," he said.

The curbs have been required in town since 1995 with the revisions of the Planning Board regulations, said Town Planner Albert Ranaldi. Granite costs $20 per linear foot, he said, while cement costs $8.50 per linear foot.

"Granite curbing is a superior product over cement and it lasts a significant amount of time longer than cement," he said.

Arnold Street, Grove Street and Walker Street are among the ones that received the upgrade, offering a stark contrast to the crumbling cement curbs on Front Street, a state road.

The town is responsible for the maintenance and safety of sidewalks, Almond said, but the town only has to match what is there. Sidewalk repairs for Front Street and Walker Street were approved at the Financial Town Meeting.

The town does all the work after utility companies are sent in to do any upgrades they have planned, so the street only has to be torn up and replaced once, Almond said.

Thanks to the Community Development Block Grant program, the town has received approximately $309,000 for sidewalk and curbing replacements since 1997, Ranaldi said. This year, $98,000 went to the upper portion of Summer Street from Central Street to Fall Street.

Workers had the road dug up there this summer for repairs, as well as last week to fix a drain "partially blocked" during the construction, Almond said.

Other streets that have seen improvements since 1997 through the Community Development Block Grant program are Spring Street, Winter Street from Central Street to Railroad Street, and both sides of Summer Street from Fall Street to Railroad Street.

Ranaldi said state workers have construction plans, with a date to be announced, to rehabilitate Railroad Street, including sidewalks and curbing, all the way up to Northern Lincoln Elementary School.

Hartford Paving, of Johnston, is the general contractor for the replacement of sidewalks and curbs along Summer Street in Manville now taking place. Here, Tony Mota, right, assists with the excavation in front of Lou's Cafe last week.