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Rhode Island breaks ground on road project in Warren to address flooding issues
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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) this week broke ground to start a pavement reclamation and reconstruction project for 2.6 miles along Birch Swamp Road and Schoolhouse Road in Warren. As part of this $6 million project, RIDOT will also replace the existing culverts with three…
August 26, 2021
Rhode Island DOT breaks ground on Newport Pell Bridge Ramps Phase 2 Project
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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently joined state and local leaders to break ground for the Pell Bridge Ramps Phase 2 project, which will redesign the road network connecting to the Pell Bridge. The project includes a new efficient ramp system that will reduce congestion,…
July 20, 2021
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week announced more than $5.6 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program grants to help seven states make the most of limited resources. The program allows states to bring projects to fruition in a more cost-effective way…
May 27, 2021
Rhode Island completes Old Tower Hill road project one month early
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The Rhode Island DOT (RIDOT) along with state officials this week celebrated the completion of much-needed roadway and pedestrian safety improvements along Old Tower Hill Road in Wakefield. The $3.9 million project—which finished on budget and one month ahead of schedule—resurfaced 0.5 miles of…
October 15, 2020
Officials from the state of Rhode Island gathered this week to highlight the much-needed improvements to Route 146 made possible by a $65 million INFRA grant secured this summer by the state's Congressional delegation. The estimated $150 million project will replace multiple bridges along the Route…
September 04, 2020
Phase Two of Newport Pell Bridge project in Rhode Island complete
Image: Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) recently announced the successful completion of Phase Two of the Newport Pell Bridge roadway deck rehabilitation project. Phase Two consisted of a partial depth hydro-demolition and replacement of the concrete roadway deck of 4,500 ft to the…
August 07, 2020
A new report released by the Reason Foundation has found that 25 of the 50 U.S. states divert gas tax revenue away from roads, bridges, and highways, which the taxes are designed to fund. New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Michigan, and Maryland are among the most egregious of the pack, each of…
July 01, 2020
National Work Zone Awareness Week 2020
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State DOTs across the country are recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The goal of the national campaign is to remind drivers that safety must always be top of mind when traveling through work zones. According to the Federal…
April 22, 2020
New York City Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is among the notable "structurally deficient" bridges in the country. Image by laretalo from Pixabay.
Nearly 231,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the just-released 2019 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database from the U.S. DOT. That figure represents 37%, or more than one-third…
April 14, 2020
The Rhode Island DOT has made its position on winter salt use clear—they intend to reduce their use of it.   According to a USA Today survey, Rhode Island uses more salt per mile of lanes than any other state. In response to the survey, RIDOT officials said the agency is “actively taking steps…
December 26, 2019
Arlington Memorial Bridge - a structurally deficient bridge in need of repair
Arlington Memorial Bridge - a structurally deficient bridge in need of repair
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the recently released U.S. DOT 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database reveals that 47,052 of U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition. Vehicles of all kinds cross these…
April 03, 2019
Rhode Island DOT begins testing autonomous vehicle technology
Rhode Island DOT begins testing autonomous vehicle technology
Rhode Island DOT (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, this week hosted a demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The vehicles being tested on low-volume roads in the Park are the initial phase of a pilot…
February 21, 2019
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