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Safe Routes To Schools Grant Fuels Second Avenue Work

Project to be done in fall, includes Cumberland Street and Kendrick Avenue intersection.

 

A 2007 federal grant is at work on Second Avenue and Cumberland Street intersections improving walking routes to neighborhood schools.

Public Works Superintendent Mike Debroisse said the grant, from the federal Safe Routes to Schools program, was for about $350,000.

Safe Routes to Schools examines conditions around schools and works to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools, according to the program's website.

The Woonsocket work is happening at two intersections, one at Second Avenue and Olo Street, near Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where the corners are being re-done to make them safer for kids while they're waiting to cross through. Bollards, or metal pipes filled with concrete, are being installed at the corners to protect pedestrians. Stamped concrete crosswalks are also being installed. The improvements there will aid the commute of students at Coleman and Fifth Avenue Schools, Debroisse said.

The second spot is at the intersection of Kendrick Avenue and Cumberland Street, where pedestrian signals and signs and concrete stamped crosswalks are being installed. Those improvements will aid the commute for students of the city's two middle schools, Debroisse said.

Debroisse said the work began in 2011, and has required the coordination of federal, state and city officials, often a complicated process. "Things don't progress as quickly as you would hope," he said. Even so, Debroisse said the work ought to be done by September.

Ray May 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Yeah. Great news. Guess who's company got the work? Councilman Chris Beauchamp. Go figure
Russell Archambault May 25, 2012 at 04:01 AM
THIS AND ALL JOBS ARE BIDS. HE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE CITY A LONG TIME BEFORE HE BECAME A COUNCILMAN. I DO NOT KNOW THIS MAN PERSONALLY !!! BUT I DO KNOW THAT HIS WORK IS PERFECT AND HE STANDS BY HIS JOBS. 5 YEARS AGO THERE WAS SOME WORK DONE ON INSTALLING NEW SIDE WALKS THAT I HAD DONE THROUGH THE CITY. THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION ON A SMALL PART OF A SECTION. CLEARLY MISCOMMUNICATION PERHAPS ON MY PART. THE MAN TOOK CARE OF IT OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET JUST TO MAKE A WOONSOCKET RESIDENT HAPPY. THAT ALSO WAS A BID CONTRACT. BEFORE YOU WANT TO COMENT ON SOME WRONG DOING. LEARN YOUR FACTS. PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO TALK THROUGH THEIR REAR ENDS, JUST TO MAKE A COMMENT WILL GET MY REAR ENDCOMMENTS. ALSO IF YOU FOLLOW THE MEETINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HOW HONORABLE HE HAS BEEN MAKING DECISIONS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR CITY. PICK ON ME NOW BECAUSE I DONT GIVE A SHT
Russell Archambault May 25, 2012 at 04:05 AM
RAY GO TO CITY HALL AND FIND OUT ALL THE JOBS HES DONE ON BID FOR THE CITY. HUNDREDS .SEE IF THERE WAS ANY COMPLAINTS. GO FIGURE. BY THE WAY HE IS THE LOW BIDDER. THAT IS THE PROCESS BY LAW. GO FIGURE
English first May 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Isn't Second Avenue school closed? Russell, most people on the internet consider commenting in all capital letters to be "yelling". Just a thought.
Russell Archambault May 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM
english; yes, my friend also told me that, about yelling. im sorry i get carried away as im sure you have noticed. i called a former teacher,that person mentioned that in 2008 an organization called child find who works with the city moved in. dont know if that still exist. ill try not to yell anymore. its so hard, russ
jde May 26, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Second Avenue School isn't mentioned. This intersection is at Coleman.
Russell Archambault May 26, 2012 at 05:44 AM
english lets get our story straight. this intersection looks to be at second ave. where is coleman. we are looking bad !!jde is correct according to the article.
Russell Archambault May 26, 2012 at 05:49 AM
if my numbers add up 2nd ave. then comes 3rd ave them comes 4th ave then we are at fifth ave. the school is at 5th ave. i guess we only want to be safe there ! i guess its a bad intersection. the point is the work is totally in order. wow, so easy to get off the point. Im learning !!
Russell Archambault May 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
i guess stamped concrete is safer to walk across.350.000.00 well spent !! what federal bullst. reminds me of cobblestone roads maybe we are going back in time.

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