Possible river closure worries business owners

TIVERTON, R.I. — A proposed closure of boat traffic to parts of the Sakonnet River has riverside businesses worried.

The closure, requested by the state’s Department of Transportation, would be in response to a public works project. They’re requesting that boat traffic be stopped for one month, starting in late August, so barges and cranes can be brought in for a bridge replacement project.

The US Coast Guard contacted river businesses to seek comment about the ban, according to a report on WPRI.

Kevin Hilton, the owner of Standish Boatyard marina located near the bridge, told the reporter that he expects his business would drop 50 percent. He hopes the closure will be delayed until the end of peak boating season.

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