Friday, September 26, 2008

RIDOT to close ramp as prelude to opening Route 403, temporary ramp to Frenchtown Road closing on October 3

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today a series of steps it will be taking this fall to open the Route 403 Relocation Project to traffic. This work represents the culmination of the $130 million, eight-year project to construct a new limited access highway from Route 4 to the Quonset Business Park.
The first steps in the process will take place next week on Friday, October 3, 2008 with the temporary closure of Exit 7B from Route 4 South. This exit was constructed to serve the new Route 403, but last year RIDOT built a connector road to allow access to Frenchtown Road (Route 402) only on an interim basis.
Traffic bound for Frenchtown Road will need to use Exit 6 (Route 2/South County Trail) as a detour for approximately two months while RIDOT builds a new off-ramp to Frenchtown Road. The detour is approximately two miles long.
RIDOT expects to re-open Exit 7B for Route 403 traffic in approximately three weeks, on or about October 20. Until then, motorists heading to the Quonset area should continue to use the existing Exit 7A.
Also taking place next week is the re-opening of the Frenchtown Road bridge over Route 4, which RIDOT rehabilitated as part of this project. At the eastern end of the bridge, motorists will find a newly reconstructed intersection and a new ramp from Frenchtown Road to Route 4 North.
All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. RIDOT will announce additional changes in the near future.For more information on the Route 403 project and road openings and closings, visit RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov. Motorists also may direct their questions to the Department’s Customer Service office at 222-2450.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Funding to Host Four-Part Series of Public Meetings - First One September 15

Rhode Island, like many states across the nation, is facing a transportation funding crisis. That is why this past March, Governor Carcieri established the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Funding to explore the State’s current transportation funding structure.
Since its inception, the Panel has been reviewing the State’s transportation funding structure, funding needs, as well as future funding options. The Panel is now looking for public input and is therefore announcing four public meetings that will begin on Monday, September 15. The meetings, which will be held at 7 p.m., will provide the general public the opportunity to voice their opinions on the State’s current funding structure and offer suggestions for improvement.
The Blue Ribbon Panel Public Meeting schedule is as follows:
Monday, September 15, 7 p.m., Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Flanagan Campus, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln.
Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m., CCRI Newport County, One John H. Chafee Boulevard, Newport.
Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m., University of Rhode Island (URI), Kingston.
Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Rhode Island College (RIC), 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue,
Providence.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RIDOT joins State and local police to crack down on speeding, police to enforce ‘Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine’ initiative

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is joining the State Police and local police departments to kick off a special four-day speed enforcement throughout Rhode Island. These dedicated patrols begin tomorrow and will continue through the upcoming weekend.
This campaign is called “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,” and is being conducted to remind motorists of the consequences of speeding. Not only can speeding result in an expensive ticket, it can have deadly consequences. Last year there were 69 fatalities in Rhode Island and speed was a factor in the majority of these crashes.
“Rhode Island already has seen 42 traffic fatalities this year, many of which involved crashes in which excessive speed played a role,” RIDOT Director Michael Lewis said. “We are proud to support Rhode Island police officers in their efforts to enforce speed limits on our roads.”
The primary objective of this initiative is to ensure that the number of fatalities does not increase during the remaining part of 2008. This safety initiative will mark the second time a statewide speed reduction campaign has been implemented in a concerted effort to save lives by enforcing the speed limits.
“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” is sponsored by RIDOT’s Office on Highway Safety.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Funding to Host Four-Part Series of Public Meetings, First One to be Held in Lincoln on Monday, Septemb

Rhode Island, like many states across the nation, is facing a transportation funding crisis. That is why this past March, Governor Carcieri established the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Funding to explore the State’s current transportation funding structure.
Since its inception, the Panel has been reviewing the State’s transportation funding structure, funding needs, as well as future funding options. The Panel is now looking for public input and is therefore announcing four public meetings that will begin on Monday, September 15. The meetings, which will be held at 7 p.m., will provide the general public the opportunity to voice their opinions on the State’s current funding structure and offer suggestions for improvement.
The Blue Ribbon Panel Public Meeting schedule is as follows:
Schedule:
Monday, September 15, 7 p.m., Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Flanagan Campus, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln.
Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m., CCRI Newport County, One John H. Chafee Boulevard, Newport.
Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m., University of Rhode Island (URI), Kingston.
Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., Rhode Island College (RIC), 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue,
Providence.
Directions to the Blue Ribbon Panel Public Meetings:
CCRI Flanagan Campus: Monday, September 15, 7 p.m.: Lecture Hall 2706
From the North or South on Route 146: Take the Exit to Route 123. Turn left at junction of Routes 123 and 246; continue to Campus entrance.
CCRI/Newport County: Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m.: Auditorium No. 134
From the Newport Bridge: Remain on the access road headed toward Fall River/Cape Cod (Do not take Scenic Downtown Newport exit). Newport Grand will be directly across from the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. At the light, turn right onto Admiral Kalbfus Road. Upon entering the rotary, take your take your first right onto Connell Highway, and continue for approximately one mile. CCRI is immediately past the Little League field on your right.
From the South: 114 South (West Main Road): Turn right onto Coddington Highway. CCRI is next to the Little League fields on your left.
URI/Kingston: Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m.: Swan Hall (formerly Independence Hall) Auditorium
From the North: Take I-95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South), follow Route 4 to Route 1 South. Stay on Route 1 until the intersection of Route 138 West. Route 138 West will bring you to the University.
From the South: Take I-95 North to Exit 3A (Route 138 East). Continue east on Route 138 to the University.
From Newport: Follow Route 138 West over the Newport and Jamestown bridges to Route 1. Take Route 1 South to Route 138 West. Follow Route 138 West to the University.
Rhode Island College: Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m.: Clarke Science Building Auditorium
From Route 95 Northbound: Take Exit 21 (Broadway exit); turn left at second traffic light (Atwells Avenue). Follow Atwells Avenue for 1.5 miles to the intersection with Mount Pleasant Avenue. Turn right onto Mount Pleasant Avenue. The College entrance is 1.1 miles ahead on the left.
From Route 95 Southbound: Take Exit 21 (Atwells Avenue exit). Turn right onto Atwells Avenue. Continue on Atwells Avenue for 1.5 miles to the intersection with Mount Pleasant Avenue. Turn right onto Mount Pleasant Avenue. The College entrance is 1.1 miles ahead on the left.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

9-03-08

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a single-day temporary ramp closure tomorrow, Thursday, September 4, 2008 in connection with the Iway project to allow for paving.
The closure of the ramp from South Main Street to I-195 East is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., after the morning rush hour and before the afternoon commute. RIDOT is installing the final layer of asphalt on the ramp, which opened to traffic last December.
Motorists will be directed to follow a detour using Wickenden, South Main and South Water streets to gain access to I-195 East. Another option, especially for those in the Jewelry District, is to use the temporary on-ramp from Hoppin Street to I-195 East.
RIDOT also has scheduled paving of several streets in the waterfront area on the east side of the Providence River over the next two to three weeks. Motorists on local streets in the area of South Main Street, India Point Park and the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier may experience delays during construction periods.
All work is weather dependent.

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