Budget includes funding for flooding on North Providence’s Eliot Avenue
STATE HOUSE – The 2017 budget bill approved by the House yesterday includes $200,000 to address flooding on Eliot Avenue in North Providence.
Rep. Arthur Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence) said he is pleased that his fellow lawmakers recognized the dire need to address the problem with the area’s drainage, and that he has ensured that the money will be used for Eliot Avenue and not any other project. The funding has been included within the Department of Environmental Management’s budget.
“I have taken steps to ensure that absolutely no politics will be played at the local level, as it was last year. We’ve made it very clear that this money is for Eliot Avenue — nowhere else. I’ve had three conversations with the director of the Department of Environmental Management, and Sen. Dominick Ruggerio has had one, and we are all in agreement that this money will be released only to repair the drainage problems around Eliot Avenue,” said Representative Corvese, whose district includes Eliot Avenue.
“There has been a significant drainage problem in the area of Eliot Avenue for many years, and it has been cause for serious concern for drivers and property owners alike. I am grateful that my colleagues and leaders in the House have agreed that this project merited funding, and I look forward to the much-needed improvements for the neighborhood,” Representative Corvese added.
Representative Corvese praised North Providence Town Council President Dino Autiello, who was instrumental in expediting necessary town paperwork to obtain the funding. He also commended Councilwoman Kristen Catanzaro and Councilwoman Alice Brady for their efforts to bring attention to the flooding problem on Eliot Avenue.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903