All those Verizon trucks on Spring Street over the last few days have you wondering what’s up?

“We are repairing cables that were damaged by water earlier this year.  We expect the work to be completed in the next couple of weeks,” David Weissmann, Public Relations Manager for the North East Market of Verizon told What’sUpNewp on Thursday evening.

“We’ll be in close contact with Verizon, and will provide updates on any significant road closures and detours as they become necessary,” Tom Shevlin, Communications Officer for the City of Newport, told What’sUpNewp.

Parking was limited during the day on Spring Street from Touro Street to Stone Street, while Stone Street was closed to all traffic. A police detail was stationed at the intersections of Touro Street and Spring Street, as well as at Spring Street and Stone Street on Thursday.

Shevlin confirmed with What’sUpNewp as with any case that involves public utility work, police details are paid for by the utility company.

Weissmann, nor Shevlin, provided any insight as to how the cables were damaged.

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