A newly-resurfaced, rock lined gravel path now provides secure and even footing from the mainland to the breakwater.
Two large culverts have replaced the damaged and displaced footbridge near the breakwater.
During very hight tides, as occurred in late morning on September 2nd, most of
the causeway is inundated with 12 or more inches of water covering the low-lying area over the culvert nearest the mainland.
Therefore, caution must still be exercised, especially when crossing with small
children. Check the tide chart and plan accordingly.
Narragansett Dock Works staged equipment and materials for repair and surfacing of the causeway at Salter Grove that leads out to the breakwater on Wednesday, August 14th. Vehicles should not enter this section of the roadway.
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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.
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.
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