- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says unexpected problems have forced delays on a fish ladder project in East Providence.

Corps of Engineers project manager Lawrence Oliver told The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1cMHSRX ) that crews have had to stop work on the $2.5 million ladder at the Omega Pond dam because of problems including a gas line discovered in an unexpected location.

The ladder is now expected to open in the summer of next year and will join two others on the Ten Mile River that have already been completed. The three ladders are expected to restore access to 340 acres of historic spawning habitat for an estimated 200,000 herring and 25,000 shad.

Oliver says other problems with the Omega Pond ladder include softer soils and the dam and railroad infrastructure.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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