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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As reported by The Narragansett Times in May 2013, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation ( RIDOT) announced that repairs to High Street would begin in the spring of 2014. On Wednesday, a representative from RIDOT told The Times that work on High Street will not begin until 2016.
According to RIDOT, the issue is storm-water drainage. Even before the RIDOT patches the potholes with a temporary solution, the drainage issues must be taken care of.
â€śThe work on High Street includes one mile of resurfacing, drainage work and Americans With Disabilities Act improvements, as well as resurfacing and drainage upgrades along a short section of Kingstown Road,â€ť said Rose Amoros, chief public affairs officer at RIDOT. â€śOn the latter, the drainage system is quite old in this area and when upgraded will require relocation in order to eliminate conflicts with utilities. We are currently working with the Department of Environmental Management to obtain the necessary storm-water and wetlands permits. The project is currently scheduled to be advertised next year, with construction set for 2016.â€ť