Town to address road conditions

Town to address road conditions

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The deep freeze and heavy rain has taken its tolls on roads throughout the area, and officials from the town of North Smithfield want residents to know that they are very aware of the deterioration of many streets, including Pound Hill Road.

"The road has actually caved in on one side," said Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton. "Over the past few days, we have purchased and used cold patch to attempt to reduce the wear and tear on vehicles. The problem is that the rain storm took most of the patch and carried it away. Cold patch is always just a temporary fix, but during the winter months when we cannot use hot mix, it's better than nothing."

The Town Council has authorized an independent engineering study of all streets to determine prioritization of repair as well as cost. Pound Hill Road is one of the top listed streets. The town expects to begin repairing during the spring, and in November, town officials hope to place a bond before the voters that, if approved, would assist in repairing all streets in a one-year time frame. Questions may be directed to Town Hall at 401-767-2200.