Friday, March 27, 2009

RIDOT Travel Advisories March 28 through April 3

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Governor Carcieri & RIDOT Invest Additional $20 Million In Local Roads

Governor Donald L. Carcieri and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) are announcing the availability of $20.15 million for local roadway improvements through the Rhode Island Local Equity Aid Program or RI-LEAP. RI-LEAP is being funded by RIDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) so that resurfacing and sidewalk replacements can take place in all of the Ocean State’s 39 cities and towns.

“A minimum of $150,000 of state funds will be available to every city and town,” said Governor Carcieri. “Twenty-three communities are eligible to receive an additional $100,000 in state funds making their minimum improvement investment $250,000. This one-time opportunity will enable communities to make needed repairs to their local roads.”

Towns that can receive the $250,000 include: Barrington, Central Falls, Charlestown, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Providence, North Smithfield, Portsmouth, Richmond, Scituate, Tiverton, Warren, and West Greenwich. These towns are eligible because they have fewer than 15 miles of local roads on the federal highway system. These funds are flexible and can be spent on any local public road.

All of the other towns that have more than 15 miles on the federal highway system will receive the $150,000 plus additional federal funds based on a proportion of the additional mileage. These funds must follow all FHWA requirements including design, permitting, and construction, and can only be used the federal highway system.

The additional federal funds allotment (not including the state funds) breaks down as follows: Bristol ($458,038), Burrillville ($413,908), Coventry ($506,313), Cranston ($1,025,850), East Providence ($416,926), Middletown ($416,607), Newport ($677,523), North Kingstown ($1,042,361), Pawtucket ($972,266), Providence ($2,519,903), Smithfield ($383,350), South Kingstown ($757,704), Warwick ($929,550), Westerly ($358,321), West Warwick ($414,332), and Woonsocket ($707,047).

In total RI-LEAP puts $8.15 million toward 100 percent state funded local road improvements and another $12 million toward the improvement of locally owned roads on the federal highway system.

“Improving local infrastructure is just as important as improving the State system,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “RI-LEAP will help put more people to work and improve the quality of life of residents throughout the State.”

RIDOT, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Public Works Association (RIPWA), will host a workshop in the next few weeks to move forward with this program.

“RIPWA is pleased to work with the State to host a public workshop that will enable our local public works directors the opportunity to learn more about this local aid program,” said RIPWA’s President Alan Brodd.

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Release date: 03-25-2009

Lane closures set late Friday night on I-195 East

Travel lanes will be restricted on I-195 East on Friday night, March 27, after 11 p.m. as drainage work is underway. The work area is just before the India Point Pedestrian Overpass. Three lanes will be closed to traffic, with one lane open, between 11 p.m. Friday night and 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

The on-ramp from So. Main St. to I-195 East will also be narrowed for the work, but will remain open to traffic. Motorists should expect congestion in the area, especially those traveling between I-95 South and I-195 East, and may wish to use alternate routes through this time period.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Recognizing the condition of the pavement of the Route 146 service roads at the I-295Interchange in Lincoln that has been deteriorating at a much more rapid pace over this past winter, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will undertake a resurfacing project to repair the roadway.

A construction contract to grind down the existing pavement and resurface the Route 146 service roads at the I-295 Interchange from Routes 116 to 99 will be advertised for construction in May. Work should start in June. In the meantime, starting tomorrow, March 25, RIDOT Maintenance crews will resurface the worst areas of pavement.

“We understand and appreciate the concerns of the motoring public who use this stretch of roadway each and every day and we have been patching it as best we can on a regular basis,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Now that spring has arrived, we can move swiftly to make the necessary repairs.”

Shovels in the ground in Tiverton

Work begins this week on the first ARRA project in Rhode Island - the resurfacing of Route 138 in Tiverton from John Street to the Massachusetts line. Click on image to enlarge it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Route 24 North Exit 4 in Tiverton closes Wednesday

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will permanently close Exit 4 (Central Avenue) from Route 24 North in Tiverton beginning Wednesday, March 25.

Motorists should use Exit 5 (Main Avenue) to reach the southern section of Tiverton. The new route should add less than five minutes to a trip.

The closed exit ramp will be used to store materials including beams for RIDOT’s ongoing repair project underway on the existing Sakonnet Bridge. Aetna Bridge Co. is carrying out the $2.5 million project. Discontinuation of Exit 4 is a scheduled closure, as it is within the alignment for the new bridge to replace the Sakonnet Bridge.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

RIDOT construction project will repair Jamestown sea wall

A Rhode Island Department of Transportation project will begin March 30 to repair a sea wall on Conanicus Avenue in Jamestown, at its intersection with Bay View Drive. The sea wall protects Conanicus Avenue between Emerson Road and Bay View Drive from Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. The sea wall had been damaged by storms over a number of years.

The $495,955 contract for the work was awarded to R. P. Iannuccillo & Sons Construction Company of North Providence. During the construction, the northbound lane of Conanicus Avenue may be closed to traffic on some weekdays between 9 am and 3 pm when construction operations involving heavy equipment are underway. The necessary lane closure will result in one lane of alternating traffic during those hours.

The work is scheduled to be complete by June 30 to avoid comflict with summer traffic.

RIDOT Posting 89 Jobs Tomorrow

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Human Resources Office will be posting nearly 90 jobs on the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) website ( tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2009. These positions will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Jobs vary from Historic Preservation Specialist/Architectural Historian to Civil Engineer to Senior Word Processing Typist. The complete list of positions will be accessible tomorrow at:

“RIDOT is pleased to offer this opportunity,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “These jobs not only mean more people will be working, but it also means our roads and bridges will be improving thanks to the additional stimulus financed construction.”

Some positions, such as the Engineering Technician I job, require a Civil Service Exam. The application period for the test ends on Friday, March 27, 2009. More information on this requirement can be found on the DLT website,

The deadline for application for all of these postings is Wednesday, March 25, 2009. For additional information contact RIDOT’s Human Resources Service Center at 401-222-2572.

Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450

Monday, March 16, 2009

From Snow Removal to Spring Cleaning -- Litter Pickup Week Starts at RIDOT

Friday, March 13, 2009

RIDOT Travel Advisories March 14 through 20

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Photo taken at signing ceremony

View photo of Governor Carcieri signing Rhode Island's first stimulus construction contract at RIDOT's Twitter site:

Governor & RIDOT sign first stimulus construction contract in R.I.

Governor Carcieri and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) held a contract signing ceremony today for the first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 transportation construction project in Rhode Island. The event took place in the State Room of the State House.

This $2.4 million contract with D’Ambra Construction Company, Inc. of Warwick, RI will resurface Route 138 in Tiverton. The project will include curbing, sidewalks, and drainage and guardrail improvements, from John Street to the Massachusetts State line. The total length of the construction project is 2.3 miles.

“Putting people to Rhode Islanders back to work and improving our roads and bridges are just two of the benefits the ARRA funding brings to the state,” said Governor Donald L. Carcieri. “Awarding and signing construction contracts take the first steps towards purchasing the goods and services that will help turn this economy around.”

It is estimated that a total of 1,500 direct jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs will be created from the entire RIDOT stimulus plan. Approximately 32 direct jobs are expected to be created from just this one stimulus project.

“Under the ARRA, RIDOT will receive $138 million in direct funding supporting 50 infrastructure projects,” said RIDOT’s Director Michael P. Lewis. “While we highlight this Tiverton project as being the first one, nearly every other Rhode Island city or town will soon see a stimulus project.”

As of Monday, March 9, 2009 RIDOT has authorized 23 projects obligating $41.9 million. Eight projects have had their bids opened and 16 additional projects have been advertised. This means that nearly half of all of RIDOT’s stimulus projects are already underway in the bid process.

The Rhode Island stimulus package will also include two bridge cleaning contracts that will wash 130 of Rhode Island’s 772 bridges; apply lane striping on State roads and highways in 20 communities in Northern Rhode Island, Providence, East Bay, and Aquidneck Island communities; and resurface approximately 45 miles of State roads and highways, including 7.6 miles of I-95 in southern Rhode Island.

A groundbreaking for the Tiverton resurfacing project is expected to take place in the next few weeks.

Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450

Thursday, March 5, 2009

RIDOT closing two rural bridges due to deterioration

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it is closing two rural bridges, one in northern Rhode Island in Cumberland and another in the South County village of Wyoming. Recent inspection of both bridges, which were posted for reduced weight limits, revealed deterioration significant enough to prompt RIDOT to close them. Additionally, RIDOT will be shifting lanes on a bridge in Providence, also due to the findings of a recent inspection.

“Safety is our top priority with Rhode Island’s bridges,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “While we regret any inconvenience these closings and restrictions may cause, we must institute these changes until repairs can be made.”

There are actually two bridges, one after the other in Wyoming, which carry Bridge Street over the Wood River on the Hopkinton-Richmond line. The timber bridges were built in 1932 and rehabilitated in 1960. The deteriorated conditions were observed in the northernmost bridge, which is in Hopkinton, but both will be closed because they are so close together. RIDOT has scheduled this closure to take place today.

RIDOT had already planned to close the Wyoming Bridges later this year and begin a project to replace the bridges. RIDOT anticipates the work will begin in mid 2009 and take approximately two years to complete. Motorists will be directed to use a detour of about 1 mile, using Main Street and Bank Street.

The $2.3 million project will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The other bridge RIDOT is closing is called the Arnold Mills Bridge in Cumberland, which carries Sneech Pond Road over Abbott Run, a stream leading from the nearby Pawtucket and Arnold Mills reservoirs. The timber bridge was built in 1886 and reconstructed in 1985. This closure is scheduled for tomorrow.

The Arnold Mills Bridge has been posted at 3 tons. Sneech Pond Road is short, services a handful of residential properties, and connects on both ends to Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120). At this time, RIDOT does not have an estimated timetable for repairs to this bridge.

This week RIDOT also anticipates placing barrier on the Randall Street Bridge, which carries Randall Street over the Moshassuck River in Providence. A recent inspection found deterioration on the northernmost beams, and RIDOT will be placing barrier to shift traffic away from this beam. Motorists will find narrowed and shifted lanes at this bridge. The restriction is scheduled to be established tomorrow. RIDOT plans to eventually replace this bridge.

All closure and restriction schedules are subject to change and can be impacted by adverse weather. The work will be performed by RIDOT’s Highway and Bridge Maintenance division.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

RIDOT's list of projects to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and a project map, is posted at

Monday, March 2, 2009

Winter storm update

Winter storm update: Snowfall is scattered and tapering off. Keep an eye out for plow crews through the evening rush hour. RIDOT urges motorists to drive carefully as road edges, ramps and bridges may remain slippery as temperatures drop sharply tonight.

Winter driving and safety tips can be found at:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Winter driving and safety tips

With the coming winter storm on March 1-2, 2009, RIDOT urges motorists to drive carefully and review these winter driving and safety tips:

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