The Providence Journal – June 24, 2012Dana Alexander Nolfe
Q: The intersection of Route 7 and Route 15 in North Providence was recently widened, repaved and re-striped to provide for a left-turn lane on Route 7 South. Shortly afterward the pavement was replaced again. When will it be fixed, striped and sensors replaced?
— LR Berendes
A: The intersection that you mention was widened as part of the development of the northwest corner of Routes 7 and 15 for a home-improvement store.
Upon inspection of the quality of the pavement, the department determined that the quality of the material did not meet our standards. We required the developer to remove it and provide new pavement in its place.
During construction, the traffic signals vehicle detectors in the pavement did not function properly as there was no road surface to embed them in. This was true for pavement markings as well. Construction was completed last spring.
During construction RIDOT worked very hard to keep inconvenience to a minimum and make construction conditions as temporary as possible.
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