Water main project underway on RIC campus

The water main replacement project began April 27 with work on College Road, just off the Mt. Pleasant Ave. entrance.
Work to replace the water main on the Rhode Island College campus has begun.

The first phase of the project began on April 27, and is expected to last through May. The primary work area for this phase will be along College Road, from the Mt. Pleasant Avenue entrance to First Avenue, which will minimize inconvenience to the campus.

Some traffic restrictions will occur as work progresses, and there will be a campus police detail onsite to assist with traffic flow. Detours through the east campus entrance and Parking Lot B may be required.

The work is funded through the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). This large and complex project must be completed by Sept. 30, 2011, to be eligible for full federal funding.

The project will include replacing approximately 10,000 linear feet of water main throughout campus over the next several months. The water main being replaced was originally installed in the late 1950s and early 60s. These water mains convey both fire and domestic water supply and are a critical component of the college's fire protection network on campus. In addition, the project includes the installation of two water booster pump stations that will increase water pressure campus-wide and further improve RIC's fire protection system.