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.
A view of the Salter Grove Causeway leading to the breakwater, during high tide. The impassable footpath at high tide presents a risk for visitors and anglers. (Credit: Jason Major)
Our ongoing efforts to improve Salter Grove has been featured in an article in the Warwick Post, along with quotes from Rep. Joseph McNamara and FoSG member Jason Major.
According to the article, written by Rob Borkowski, McNamara said Lisa Primiano, Chief of the Division of Planning and Development at DEM, is working to secure funding for a plan to raise the height of the causeway above the high tide line, eliminating the drowning risk. “So things are moving along as quickly as they can with an environmental project,” McNamara said.
Read the full article here.
The eastern causeway bridge at Salter Grove during low tide, Feb. 2016. (Credit: Jason Major)
One of the key proponents of improvements to Salter Grove and the efforts of FoSG is Warwick Representative Joseph McNamara, who for safety and access concerns ” is pressing to find the funds to repair a foot bridge that has been impassable since Super Storm Sandy.”
The bridge in question once spanned a gap in the eastern end of the causeway that leads from the parking area of the park to a rock breakwater that runs along upper Narragansett Bay/Providence River and connects Rock Island at the south with Marsh Island to the north.