Block Island Times

Beach parking lot drainage to be addressed

Town Manager Maryanne Crawford gave her monthly report to the Town Council on January 19, highlighting ongoing projects and upcoming plans.
Town Engineer Jim Geremia has reported his findings regarding the drainage problems at the southern parking lot of Fred Benson Town Beach. Currently, the parking lot floods during heavy rain. National Grid, whose use of the parking lot during its work on the offshore cable led to the parking lot’s degradation, has agreed to “restore the parking lot to its original conditions.”
According to Crawford’s report, in order to do this, Geremia recommends “removing at least 12 inches of silty, clay-like material” from the surface of the parking lot. He suggests replacing this material, which “prevents proper drainage during times of heavy rain,” with a “pervious gravel mix,” which will allow the rainwater to steadily seep into the ground. Crawford told the council that she is working with Orsted and National Grid on a timeline to get all work completed prior to tourist season. The new cable still needs to be spliced into the system to complete the repair, which should occur prior to fixing the parking lot.New road signsCrawford reported that the Highway Department is obtaining

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