Final construction happening at Chapel, roundabouts

Final construction happening at Chapel, roundabouts

This water retention basin is being filled in just off the new roundabout, north of I-295 and near Broadview Acres. Most of the roundabout work is complete, with work such as this, as well as new curbs and final landscaping, happening now. (Breeze photo by Tom Ward)

CUMBERLAND – Final construction on the Diamond Hill roundabout project, including realignment of the Chapel Four Corners intersection, is ongoing this week.

Spring construction will also include a new traffic signal at this intersection of Diamond Hill Road, Angell Road and Bear Hill Road, which is an F-rated intersection according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

The project will conclude with new paving and striping along the construction corridor.

Ongoing work includes installing curbing, sidewalks, landscaping and finishing driveways in the Chapel area.

Once complete, the slightly realigned Chapel intersection will allow for one phase of the lights to be cut out, meaning shorter wait times. A small right-turn lane added on Bear Hill will allow cars to get by and turn right on red even if there are one or two cars waiting to go straight or left. A wider turning lane is also being added on the Angell Road side.

Construction is expected to end by early summer. Daytime construction that will affect traffic will occur during the off-peak hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Off-road daytime work is allowed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nighttime construction is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

An aerial rendering modified by The Breeze to add three cars on Bear Hill Road shows how drivers will be able to get by into the turning lane even if two cars are at the light. This will help keep traffic moving with a realigned intersection.