Sandy Shores culvert project moving forward

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 18, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The area on Sandy Shores Drive in Warren where culvert replacement work is to begin next month.

Warren — After a year-long delay, the Sandy Shores Culvert Replacement Project is expected to get underway next month, according to Warren Interim Town Manager Sherry Howard.

Contractor Travis Noyes of CES was give the task of conducting a cost proposal for a new and simpler design nearly a year ago, after no bids were received for the project.

The new design will be a box culvert instead of an arch span that will be Smart Stream compliant. There will be no bypass put in, which should save money. The road will be wider and will allow one lane open for traffic during the construction phase.

Howard said at the Board of Selectmen's meeting July 15 that she and the contractor had recently visited the site and determined there was still too much water to begin the work.

The Smart Stream Project was estimated to cost $215,000, and the town received a $95,000 grant from the Department of Transportation's Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvement Project in March 2017.

The premise is to maintain fish and wildlife habitat and allow better passage of fish traveling to spawning areas, while protecting roads and public safety.

Sandy Shores Road turns into Bunker Hill Road and is the only entrance to this section of Warren, where there are 56 year-round homes, 80 seasonal homes and three businesses.

At its June 19 meeting, the board elected Roger Peabody as chairman and Jan Macdonald as vice chairman.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

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