Rhode Island, like the rest of the country, is struggling to maintain its system of roads and bridges under very challenging financial constraints. Generally, the level of investment in infrastructure improvement has not kept pace with demand or the escalating costs of construction. With the opening of the new Sakonnet River Bridge this fall, RIDOT does not have the resources to properly maintain the structure.
As a means of preserving this vital state asset, RIDOT has explored the establishment of a tolling facility on this bridge. As part of this process, the Department submitted a Reevaluation Report on the bridge's Environmental Impact Statement to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which has been accepted. Click here to view the FHWA's Record of Decision in its entirety.
RIDOT on April 5 unveiled its new bridge preservation program that will address bridges in the I-95 corridor from Warwick to Providence.
Commuter rail service features 20 weekday stops to and from T.F. Green and Wickford Junction stations and Providence Station, with 15 stops offering connecting service back and forth to Boston.
RIDOT has identified $22 million of repairs to State Roads along Rhode Island's southern coast that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Explore the links below to learn more:
RIDOT used accelerated bridge construction methods to completely replace the Frenchtown Brook Bridge in East Greenwich in just one month.
The safety and preservation of the Rhode Island highway system is the top priority of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. RIDOT staff is involved in designing, constructing, inspecting and maintaining our bridge inventory, and is committed to ensuring these structures remain safe.
Rhode Island is one of 32 states in the country that has a primary seat belt law on the books to help save lives. However, the current law expires this summer. Legislation is pending before the General Assembly to repeal this "sunset provision" and keep Rhode Island moving in the right direction in reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
The Iway (I-195 Relocation) Project is largely complete, but additional work remains to reconstruct city streets bisected by the highway corridor.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee joined members of Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation, General Assembly members, state and City of Providence officials, and private sector leaders on April 8 to break ground on the next phase of the I-195 relocation project. View press release.
The work will focus on the old highway corridor between the Providence River and I-95. RIDOT intends to award an additional contract later in 2013 for work on city streets to the east of the Providence River.
RIDOT is currently replacing the Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Seekonk River in Pawtucket. Read more about the Pawtucket River Bridge Project.
RIDOT has received $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program that will allow the Department to accelerate the rehabilitation of the Providence Viaduct. This 1,290-foot multi-span bridge carries I-95 through the heart of Providence and carries more traffic than any other segment of the Interstate in Rhode Island.
RIDOT intends to replace this bridge in phases to minimize the impact of its estimated $169 million cost by spreading it over several years. The $10 million grant allows the Department to begin work one year earlier than planned.
RIDOT is working to replace the aging Sakonnet River Bridge, which carries Route 24 between Tiverton and Portsmouth. All traffic has been shifted to the new bridge, but work will continue on other elements of the project through 2013. Read more about the Sakonnet River Bridge Project.