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Town ready to bid out Industrial Drive work

April 11, 2014

During periods of heavy rain Industrial Drive sees flooding but through the help of new culverts, the street can remain dry. File Photo.

COVENTRY—Now that the town of Coventry has secured additional funding through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, they can put a bid out for companies to replace numerous culverts on Industrial Drive.

Town Manager Tom Hoover explained that during the floods of 2010 many of the major industries located on that street were inundated with water because the culverts are undersized.

A culvert is a structure that is installed to allow water to flow underneath a road, railroad or trail and because of the small culverts on Industrial Drive the street tends to flood more frequently.

“It’s located right on the river and if you go down Industrial Drive it dips down just beyond the bikeway and that’s where Boston Scientific is located and it’s been a problem area in the past,” Hoover explained.

He said that the town applied for a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA).

“The problem is the way we designed it,” he revealed. “When we went out to bid, all the bids were higher than the money we have so the last several months the planning department has worked out a way to get some more money through the CDBG grant,” he added. “And that’ll supplement the money we got to make the project affordable.”

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