Story by Sara Paul
These days few people may be parking in the large lot on Spring St., across the street from Fratello restaurant in Warwick. However, passersby may notice a large hole in the ground that has been steadily growing in size.
Village of Warwick Department of Public Works (DPW) is currently working on the long-standing drainage issue caused by a “homemade” structure pieced together years ago that has deteriorated over time, according to DPW Supervisor Mike Moser.
To remedy the problem, the DPW will be capturing the water that flows continuously from a natural spring located on the edge of the lot and rerouting the water into a new precast drainage basin. The water pipe will be rerouted to the road drainage structure under Spring St, according to Moser.
There are also plans to repave and restripe the parking lot and provide more lighting in the area. Though work has slowed because of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moser said the project is nearing completion.
“We will continue on the project weather permitting for the next week or two, and paving will begin after the asphalt plants are opened up,” Moser said.