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RI Announces $715M in Bridge Projects

Thursday, May 9, 2019

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently announced that it would be investing over $700 million in construction projects for this year’s construction season. Plans include work on 77 active projects.

"We have another banner year for construction, with hundreds of millions of dollars of construction underway and scores of new, well-paying jobs rebuilding Rhode Island," said Gov. Gina Raimondo.

"We're delivering on the promises in RhodeWorks to pull us out of the bottom of lists that talk about poor roads and bridges and move us toward a day when we'll rank among the top states in the country with a well-maintained transportation system."

Rhode Island Construction Projects

Among the work to be carried out during this year’s $715.6 million construction season is a $22.6 million project involving the I-295 bridges over Plainfield Pike on the Johnston/Cranston line. Three out of four of these bridges, built between 1968 and 1969 and carrying 82,000 cars daily, are structurally deficient. Otherwise, the 77 projects will include bridge repair, replacement and preservation on 177 bridges total.

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently announced that it would be investing over $700 million in construction projects for this year’s construction season. Plans include work on 77 active projects.

"We have more construction happening on our roads and bridges than at any time in RIDOT's history, and people are seeing the improvements, the strides we are making," said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr.

"This 2019 construction season will be another major down payment on our comeback story to deliver a safe, high-quality transportation system."

For the work on the I-295 bridges, RIDOT will be implementing temporary bridge sections in the median between the northbound and southbound structures.

Other work planned includes: seven bridge projects along the I-95 corridor including the highway over Centerville Road and Toll Gate Road in Warwick ($25.3 million), among others; and another $62.7 million in bridge work along I-295.

The work being carried out this construction season is being done thanks to RIDOT’s RhodeWorks program. According to RhodeWorks, the state ranks last in the U.S. for overall bridge condition. (Roughly 22% of the 1,162 bridges in the state are structurally deficient.) Rhode Island also does not charge user fees for commercial trucks, while much of the damage done to the state’s roads are a result of them.

RhodeWorks aims to rectify these issues by beginning to charge user fees for large commercial trucks, but not for cars or smaller trucks. The venture also plans to fix more than 150 structurally deficient bridges and make repairs to another 500 to prevent conditions from worsening.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair; Transportation

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