Here's what Padanaram Causeway construction looks like right now

By Douglas McCulloch | Oct 04, 2016
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch The causeway.

Select Board members, along with Department of Public Works Director David Hickox and Dartmouth Police Chief Robert Szala, got to see firsthand how construction on the Padanaram Causeway is progressing on October 3.

A guided tour was held prior to the Select Board's evening meeting, with four officials from the project providing the board with a brief overview of the $8.2 million project to rebuild stone walls and railings, improve drainage, and add two small culverts as it stands today.

Special attention was paid to the Smith Neck Road portion of the project due to an issue that construction crews encountered when excavating the existing wall separating the road from the water. Workers discovered protruding stone, which required a redesign of the project's plans, as metal rebar was intended to be placed where the rocks were found. Officials are currently waiting on the completion of those plans before construction continues on that section.

Hickox added that while the Smith Neck Road portion was affected by that problem, crews continue to work on the causeway itself in the meantime.


The protruding stones that caused an issue on Smith Neck Road can be seen to the left. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
The Padanaram Bridge as seen from the causeway. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Work progresses on the causeway. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
The causeway has been removed of asphalt during the project. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Select Board members take a look at Smith Neck Road. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
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