Well over 50 years ago, during 1963, the Campanella & Cardi Construction Company of Hillsgrove, R.I., was building a 3 mile section of Interstate 95 in Groton, Conn. The $5,656,000 contract ran from a point just east of the Route 12 interchange built by the Jarvis Construction Company of Manchester, Conn., to Flanders Road.
The work included drilling, shooting and excavating 500,000 cu. yds. of rock, 1 million cu. yds. of earthmoving and 600,000 cu. yds. of borrow. Eleven structures were built, including the Smith Lake Channel Bridge where C. W. Blakeslee & Sons Inc. of New Haven, Conn., supplied and drove numerous long prestressed concrete pilings. Louis Corsi was the project manager and Worley Powell, a veteran drilling and blasting specialist, was the rock superintendent.
Campanella & Cardi built scores of Interstate projects in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, as well as a section of the Maine Turnpike Extension. The partnership was dissolved in 1968 and Cardi Corporation was formed.
Cardi Corporation continues in business today as the largest heavy construction contractor in the state of Rhode Island.