Roundabouts latest addition to Apponaug road project

By Alana Cerrone

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The newest milestone in RIDOT’s  $29 million Apponaug road project is a roundabout at the intersection of Post Road and Veterans Memorial Drive.

It is one of a 3 that will replace traffic lights in the area as part of the project.

Drivers are slowly making their way around the roundabout with the help of police, but Roy LaCroix of Roger Williams Auto Sales says all the construction has made potential customers avoid the area.

"We’ve definitely seen a reduced amount of traffic coming by. I think it’s made it more difficult for our customers to make their way here, and have actually avoided the area."

Warwick resident Steve Prickett says he doesn’t mind it.

"I don’t really think it’s a problem…in the long run we’re better off."

That’s because the entire project is supposed to keep traffic flowing in the area, and make it more pedestrian-friendly.

"I’m glad to see the improvement in the traffic because it’s been a problem before…but it hasn’t been a problem for me now and I go through it several times a day."

RIDOT plans to replace 2 more traffic lights with roundabouts to cut down on frustrating traffic back-ups.

The project is about 40% completed, and is scheduled to wrap up in Summer of 2017. But, RIDOT says they’re running ahead of schedule.

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