- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The city of East Providence has received a state grant to help pay to remove two barges that sank in the Providence River years ago.

The Department of Environmental Management announced the $87,000 grant Tuesday.

The agency says the barges are an eyesore and pose a hazard to boaters navigating through the area. They’re resting on the bottom of the river on Greenjacket Shoals off of Bold Point.

The grant was awarded under a state program that aims to deal with derelict and abandoned vessels.

The state says the city will remove the barges with the help of Clean Bays, a nonprofit agency that specializes in removing debris from local waterways.

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