National Grid is working with police in North Smithfield and Burrillville to ensure the safety of the public during construction of the Rhode Island segment of the Interstate Reliability Project (IRP), a $200 million undertaking that kicks off this month to improve the region’s electric transmission system.
The first phase of the work to begin in mid-March will involve clearing vegetation along an existing transmission corridor, or right-of-way, that runs though the two towns. Actual construction of the new transmission power lines and refurbishing existing lines in the right-of-way will get under way in May.
According to National Grid, police details will be assigned to assist traffic flow at points where the work intersects with streets in both communities. National Grid and local police are also collaborating to enforce no-trespassing laws on the right-of-way, with particular focus on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) traffic. Police are also planning spot patrols of the right-of-ways using their own ATVs.