NARRAGANSETT, R.I. - Repairs to Ocean road in Narragansett began Saturday, just five days after Hurricane Sandy damaged dozens of roadways and buildings in Southern New England.
Governor Lincoln Chafee announced on Friday that the first repair contract for road damage was awarded to Narragansett. Workers from J.H. Lynch and Sons of Cumberland have begun fixing 3,800 feet of sidewalk, running from State Pier No. 5 near south Pier Road to Narragansett Town beach.
The contract also includes replacement of more than 200 feet of the town's seawall, which took a beating during the storm. Repairs of any undermined areas, inspection and repair of drainage systems, and other minor repairs as needed will also take place.
Eighty percent of the project costs are funded from $3 million of quick release emergency relief funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday.
"It was exciting to learn that Rhode Island had received a quick response to its request for funds for initial repairs to our roads, and even more so to learn that actual repairs could begin less than a week after the storm," Governor Chafee said. "This is a credit to all involved in helping Rhode Island get back on its feet as quickly as possible."