On May 21st, the Warwick City Council approved the contractor selected to repair the causeway at Salter Grove with a $200,000 budget; namely, Narragansett Dock Works (NDW) in partnership with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
NDW plans to install a prefabricated concrete box culverts at the sites of the displaced footbridge near the breakwater and the existing plastic culverts. The new culverts may be sized approximately 5 feet wide and 4 feet deep to maintain water flow between the north and south sides of the causeway, and to act as bridges.
Depending on the available funding, the elevation of the causeway path may be raised to prevent overtopping during higher tides, and thus provide safer passage for pedestrians.
Permits will be required from the Coastal Resources Management Council, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the US Army Corps of Engineers before construction can start, hopefully in late summer.
The Friends of Salter Grove’s article in the latest issue of The Bridge summarizes our accomplishments in the past two years. We are very grateful for the support of our community, City and State officials, individual and corporate donors, and The New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
You can view the entire issue of The Bridge here.
Despite morning rain on Sunday, April 29, over 30 volunteers showed up to make Salter Grove even more beautiful by removing trash in all sectors of the park.
This enjoyable event led to over 400 pounds of trash being collected. The trash was picked up the following Monday by the City of Warwick. Good job everyone!
Save the Bay will conduct the first cleanup of Salter Grove in 2018 on Sunday, April 29th, 1-3 pm. Click here for details and to sign up as a volunteer.
The cleanup activity will help set a cleanliness and beauty standard for the summer months. This will be a family-friendly event led by experienced people.
Cleanup Days draw many people who are both interested in improving our natural environment and in having a nice social afternoon. Volunteers will be provided gloves, pickers/grabbers, and trash bags. You will have a brief orientation and then will work with a group. The weather is slowly becoming spring-like, so the day should be enjoyable. We hope you can join us!
UPDATE 3/3/18: Bids of three contractors were accepted on April 2nd.
Warwick engineers Eric Earls (yellow jacket) and Eric Hindinger (motioning) brief contractors about causeway repair at Salter Grove.
Warwick Engineers Eric Earls and Eric Hindinger briefed representatives from 14 companies interested in bidding on repair of the causeway at Salter Grove. The obligatory briefing on March 5th started in the Council Chambers at City Hall and finished on site at George B. Salter Memorial Grove.
Earls advised contractors to focus on the low-lying area near the plastic culverts and the deep cut previously crossed by a foot bridge, which he described as “treacherous” at high tide. The focus should be on providing safe access to the breakwater, with any other improvements being “gravy.”
On February 14th, the City of Warwick posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to repair the causeway connecting Salter Grove to the breakwater.
The proposal’s scope of work includes the design, permitting, and construction of improvements to the causeway to improve access to the breakwater. At a minimum, the areas currently containing culverts and a displaced footbridge superstructure, which are flooded at high tide, are to be repaired.