Train station on target for 2022 completion

Train station on target for 2022 completion

Crews have completed extensive excavation and drainage work at the site of the future Pawtucket/Central Falls Commuter Rail Station. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

PAWTUCKET – The in-progress Pawtucket/Central Falls Commuter Rail Station, which is set to help transform an under-utilized area of Pawtucket at the Central Falls city line, is on target for a 2022 completion.

Mayor Donald Grebien told The Breeze the Rhode Island Department of Transportation briefed him on the schedule last week.

“This is a major project with major investment that will positively impact Pawtucket, Central Falls, and the Blackstone Valley for years to come,” said Grebien. “We are already attracting the interest of investors, businesses, developers and residents who recognize that the new transit hub will provide easy access to desirable real estate with affordable development and rental costs.”

Major developments near the new station include the transformation of the former New England Paper Tube on Weeden Street into a residential complex and the planned mixed-use Dexter Street Commons project on Dexter Street by Peyser Real Estate.

On the other side of the tracks, The Guild brewery continues to grow and expand, and just down the road on the riverfront, Fortuitous Partners is planning a $300 million development highlighted by a new soccer stadium.

Grebien said that RIDOT continues to aggressively lead the construction of the train station, with physical construction now several weeks in. The city is working closely with RIDOT and continues to be kept up to date on the schedule.

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According to a RIDOT update, construction on the train station and accompanying bus hub is focused currently on drainage and other foundation work within the Amtrak right-of-way, as well as necessary earthwork and retaining wall construction prior to relocating a section of freight track.

Construction is ongoing from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the remainder of the year.