AASHTO Journal

Rhode Island Kicks Off Nearly $900M ‘Construction Season’

More than 110 projects, representing both new and continuing work and worth an estimated $890 million, will be active in Rhode Island for the remainder of 2018, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

RIDOT said that project lists includes work on the "long-awaited" Route 6-10 Interchange project, repairs and preservation efforts on more than 180 bridges, pavement resurfacing, and traffic safety improvements across the state.

"Our roads and bridges have been in disrepair for too long," noted RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. "We are turning the tide and are about to embark on our busiest road construction season ever."

rhodeworks.jpgThis "construction season" is part of the RhodeWorks infrastructure expansion and repair plan passed over two years ago by the Ocean state's legislature and approved by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Gov. Raimondo noted that, since the passage of RhodeWorks, RIDOT has increased its construction investment from $152 million in 2016 to $569 million in 2017 and now nearly $900 million for this year. 

"Our hard work is paying off. Efforts to rebuild our transportation system have been ongoing since the start of RhodeWorks, but this year the public will see a level of transportation construction we have never seen before as hundreds of millions of dollars of work gets underway," she added. "There are more construction jobs in Rhode Island right now than at any other time in the last decade. We have to keep building on that momentum."

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