By ANDREW MARTASIAN
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN - If you’re driving south on Post Road near the Camp Avenue intersection, you may want to plan some extra time into your drive.
Signs have already been posted warning motorists of the impending delays that will accompany the construction of new sewer lines on part of Post Road and Camp Avenue.
According to information on the town’s website, work will begin on Monday.
Post Road from the YMCA north to Route 403 will be cut down to one lane five days a week while construction crews install the sewer and a new water line. According to Director of Public Works Phil Bergeron, the Post Road work may require crews to dig as deep as 20 feet.
The Camp Avenue construction will only require crews to dig to a depth of “about four feet.”
“It goes relatively quick in terms of construction, but because of the narrowness of Camp Avenue, Camp Avenue needs to be closed in order to get this accomplished,” Bergeron said.
Despite the closure, Bergeron said the road could be opened “in a pinch” if needed by public safety.
For those who need to drive on Camp Avenue during construction hours, there will be detours through Quonset set up via Roger Williams Way.
The emergency access gate near Shore Acres will be open to allow traffic to pass.
Camp Avenue will be reopened every evening around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and closed in the morning between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
“It will vary from day to day, and of course if we get a rain out the road won’t be closed because there won’t be any work,” Bergeron said.
Once this work is completed, tentatively scheduled around the end of August, more construction will begin on a pump station near the intersection of Camp Avenue and Post Road. This work will be done at night because of the complexity of the project.
“It’s deep, it’s slow, and it would be a lot of inconvenience,” Bergeron said. “To try and get it done during the day could be problematic.”
Parents with children starting school at the end of August have no need to worry, however, as the town’s website says work will not be done on Camp Avenue during the first week of school.
The final paving and site cleanup is scheduled for May and June, but that could change if there are weather complications in the winter.
Despite the delays, the addition of sewers to Post Road and parts of Camp Avenue should be beneficial to people with out-of-date cesspools and some septic systems.
The final cost for residents who wish to tie into the sewers has yet to be determined and, according to Bergeron, will be decided based on how much the sewer installation costs when it is finished.
Andrew Martasian is an intern at SRI Newspapers and is working on his master’s degree in Journalism at Emerson College