Warwick water tower demolished to make way for new road

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Construction crews demolished a Warwick landmark Saturday morning.

The state Department of Transportation brought down the Apponaug Mill water tower as part of the Apponaug Circulator Project.

The $30 million project is designed to replace the old circulator with a newer design capable of handling the increasing amount of vehicle traffic that the road has borne since its last redesign in the 1970s. The work is expected to be finished in late 2017.

Saturday, crews brought the over 100 year-old tower town and started breaking it up with heavy equipment. An extension of Veterans Memorial Drive will run through the old mill complex and connect at the intersection of Centerville Road and Toll Gate Road. New roundabouts are planned for that intersection and others, improving traffic flow.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian told the Warwick Beacon that he’d looked into moving the water tower, but it came with a price tag of $58,000, which he said the city couldn’t accept.

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