Friday, May 29, 2009

RIDOT Travel Advisories

The weekly Rhode Island Department of Transportation Travel Advisories forecast for May 30 - June 5, 2009 can be found online at http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Friday, May 22, 2009

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The weekly Rhode Island Department of Transportation Travel Advisories forecast for May 16-22, 2009 is now available online.

Forecast can be viewed at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

RIDOT: There is room to live if you buckle up

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today joined forces with State and local law enforcement to emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts in a very direct way. They discussed the topic in front of a heavily damaged vehicle at State Towing Service on Valley Street in Providence. The event kicks off RIDOT’s annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, May 18-31.
Despite the vehicle’s substantial damage, the passenger compartment remained intact and the occupants survived with minimal injuries. The intact area, dubbed “room to live,” only affords protection to the driver and their passengers if they buckle up. The 2001 Buick LeSabre sustained severe damage during a recent accident at the corner of Valley Street and Pleasant Valley Parkway in Providence. If the driver and front seat passenger were not wearing seat belts, they likely would have been thrown into the windshield and possibly ejected.
“This vehicle is a living example of the importance of wearing seat belts,” noted RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis, who credits wearing a seat belt for saving his life during a rollover crash when he was in college. “As you can see, the passenger compartment is fully intact, providing occupants with ‘room to live’ so long as they buckle up. Clearly the occupants of this car would have received significant injuries or worse if they had not been wearing their seat belts.”
RIDOT estimates that each year an additional nine to 10 lives could be saved if seat belts are worn. Forty-one vehicle occupants died on Rhode Island roadways during 2007 (the most recent available full-year statistics), and of those 46 percent were not wearing seat belts. Seat belts also have been proven to significantly reduce severe injuries in crashes.
Rhode Island’s seat belt usage rate stands at 72 percent, lagging behind the national average of 83 percent. This year’s campaign will place special emphasis on seat belt use by pick-up truck drivers, who rank low in seat belt usage. Only 10 percent of pick-up truck drivers and their occupants in fatal crashes between 2003 and 2007 were wearing seat belts.
Rhode Island currently has a secondary seat belt law, meaning that police officers can only issue a seat belt fine if a vehicle is pulled over for another motor vehicle infraction. If they do, the driver and all occupants face the potential of an $85 ticket. RIDOT supports proposed legislation before the General Assembly to establish a primary seat belt law, meaning that a police officer can pull over a motorist for not wearing a seat belt.
The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign includes approximately $96,000 in Federal grants to the State Police and local police departments for additional patrols looking for unbuckled drivers. RIDOT estimates that the funds will put close to 50 additional officers on the street during the enforcement period.
To support the on-street enforcement, RIDOT’s Office on Highway Safety has organized a media campaign aimed at increasing seat belt usage. Motorists will encounter the ads on TV, radio, the Internet, billboards and for the first time, RIPTA buses and gas station pump top ads.
RIDOT has even enlisted the assistance of the cartoon animated character Peter Griffin, who lives in the fictitious town of Quahog, Rhode Island on Fox Television’s “Family Guy,” to get Rhode Islanders to buckle up. This advertisement will appear through May on WNAC Fox-64 and its sister station WPRI-12.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

RIDOT: There’s room to live if you buckle up


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will join forces with State and local law enforcement tomorrow, May 20, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. to emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts in a very direct way. They will discuss the topic in front of a heavily damaged vehicle at State Towing Service on Valley Street in Providence and note that despite substantial damage, the passenger compartment remained intact and the occupants survived with minimal injuries.

The intact area, dubbed “room to live,” only affords protection to the driver and their passengers if they buckle up. The 2001 Buick LeSabre on display tomorrow sustained severe damage during a recent accident at the corner of Valley Street and Pleasant Valley Parkway in Providence. If the driver and front seat passenger were not wearing seat belts, they likely would have been thrown into the windshield and possibly ejected.

RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis will also speak about his experience in a rollover accident and how a seat belt saved his life.

RIDOT estimates that each year an additional 9 to 10 lives could be saved if seat belts are worn. Forty-one vehicle occupants died on Rhode Island roadways during 2007 (the most recent available full-year statistics), and of those 46 percent were not wearing seat belts. Seat belts also have been proven to significantly reduce severe injuries in crashes. Rhode Island’s seat belt usage rate stands at 72 percent, lagging behind the national average of 83 percent.

The event is part of RIDOT’s annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. This three week period, May 18-31, includes an extensive public awareness campaign aimed at increasing seat belt usage and reimbursement to State Police and all Rhode Island communities for additional patrols looking for unbuckled drivers. RIDOT estimates that the funds will put approximately 50 additional officers on the street during the enforcement period.

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Directions: State Towing Service is located at 380 Valley Street in Providence, about ¼ mile south of the American Locomotive Works facility.

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

Friday, May 15, 2009

RIDOT Travel Advisories

The weekly Rhode Island Department of Transportation Travel Advisories forecast for May 16-22, 2009 is now online at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Engineering Career Day at URI Tomorrow

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will host the 3nd Annual Engineering Career Day tomorrow, Friday, May 15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The session will be held at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Engineering Department in Kirk and Wales Halls in South Kingstown.

The half day program provides a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for high school freshmen and sophomores to try out different areas of engineering including highway design, environmental engineering, and bridge and geotechnical technologies.

Approximately 150 high school students are expected to attend from the following schools: Blackstone Academy Charter School (Pawtucket); Central Falls High School (Central Falls); East Bay Met School (Newport); East Providence Career & Technical Center (East Providence); GAP Program/Talent Development (Providence); Middletown High School (Middletown); Newport Area Career & Technical Center (Newport); Shea High School (Pawtucket); the College Crusade of RI (Providence); and Tolman High School (Pawtucket).

The day is sponsored by RIDOT along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the URI Transportation Center, the URI College of Engineering, and the Rhode Island Consulting Engineers.

Engineering Career Day is the final event for National Transportation Week which runs this year from May 11-15.

RIDOT Hosts Second Day of Construction Career Days Today

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is hosting the second of its two day Construction Career Days today, May 14, 2009. This atypical school day is being held at RIDOT’s Midstate Facility in East Greenwich between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nearly 1,300 high school students will have participated once the two days of interactive construction activities are done.

Instead of learning about the construction industry through a text book, students will get their hands on the real thing – getting to operate backhoes, excavators, pavers, bucket trucks and more during the ninth annual Construction Career Days. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, is one of many taking place during National Transportation Week (May 11-15), and is sponsored by RIDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center.

“Construction Career Day can be the first step towards a career in construction and other transportation related fields,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “In good economies or bad, this field will always be looking for its next generation of workers.”

Students attending the event will move from station to station, operating heavy machinery on the grounds of the Midstate Facility and visiting numerous tables and displays inside covering welding, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, and other construction disciplines. Additionally, a number of technical schools and colleges will be in attendance.

Media visiting Construction Days will have the opportunity to interview students and exhibitors as well as use all of the equipment on site. Local newspapers are asked to contact the RIDOT Office of Communications in advance for assistance in meeting students from their coverage areas.

Thursday, May 14 -- Participating Towns and Schools:

Bristol: Mount Hope High School

Cranston: NEL/CPS Construction Career Academy

Coventry: Coventry High School Regional Career & Tech Center

Cumberland: Cumberland High School Special Needs Class

East Providence: East Providence Career & Technical Center

Exeter/W. Greenwich: Exeter/West Greenwich High School-ALP Special Education

Glocester: Harmony Hill School

Johnston: Calef ALP School and Johnston High School

Lincoln: Spurwink School II, Davies Career & Technical High School, and Northern R.I. Collaborative Transition Employment Center

Middletown: Middletown High School

Newport: Newport Area Career & Technical Center

North Providence: St. Lawrence School

Pawtucket: Pawtucket Alternative Learning Program, Shea High School, and Tolman High School

Providence: Academy of Services High School, College Crusade of Rhode Island, Dr. Alvarez High School, E3 Academy, Feinstein High School, High Road School of Providence, Mount Pleasant High School, and Providence Skills Center
Scituate: Scituate High School

South Kingstown: South Kingstown High School

Tiverton: Tiverton High School

Warwick: Warwick Skills Center

Woonsocket: Beacon Charter High School



DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 North or South to Exit 7 (West Warwick, Coventry). Follow signs.

"Team RIDOT" to Bike to Work Friday, May 15, 2009

Bicyclists from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will join other cycling enthusiasts and local and state leaders from the Providence area to celebrate National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15, 2009. Providence’s celebration of the 53rd Annual Bike to Work Day will officially kick off at 7:30 a.m. at Market Square, 20 North Main Street, in Providence.

RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis will lead “Team RIDOT” to the morning celebration and then on to RIDOT’s Providence headquarters to highlight the Department’s support for this annual event.

The Department is also recognizing Bike to Work Day as part of National Transportation Week, which this year is observed May 11-15, 2009.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

National Transportation Week Begins With Robotics Challenge

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DOT News

RIDOT Release: 63:09

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362, Ext. 4007

May 13, 2009


National Transportation Week Begins with Robotics Challenge

Middle school students to bring their models to URI for competition


The first event in a busy week of activities in celebration of National Transportation Week (May 11-15) took place today, Wednesday, May 13, 2009 as 14 teams from eight Rhode Island middle schools competed in the 5th Annual University of Rhode Island Transportation Center Robotics Challenge.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center sponsored this event, which took place at the URI Kingston Campus in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
Robots built by the student teams completed a challenge course consisting of six missions such as plowing “snow” off an airport runway, raising a hurricane barrier and delivering safety barrels to a road construction site.
The Robotics Challenge also included a poster competition with the theme of “Careers in Transportation.” Teams were free to select and research information about any particular career related to transportation. First, second, and third place awards were scheduled to be given for winning teams in both the robotics challenge and the poster competition.
“The Department is pleased to once again partner with URI and FHWA to organize this event,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Events like this are incredibly important to get students thinking at a young age about career choices and opportunities in transportation.”
Students have been preparing for this competition for the past several weeks, and most belong to after-school robotics clubs. They used robotic kits based on Lego building bricks.
Participating Robotics Teams include:

· Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School of Coventry

· Archie Cole Middle School and our Lady of Mercy School, East Greenwich

· Barrington Middle School, Barrington

· Martin Middle School and Riverside Middle School, East Providence

· Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Regional School, Wakefield

· Newport Community School, Newport

· Winman Junior High School, Warwick

· Westerly Middle School, Westerly

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Media Advisory: Construction Career Days begins tomorrow

Nearly 1,300 high school students are scheduled to visit the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s (RIDOT) Midstate Facility in East Greenwich today, Wednesday, May 13 and tomorrow, Thursday, May 14, 2009 for a learning experience that’s nothing like a typical day in school.

Instead of learning about the construction industry through a text book, they will get to put their hands on the real thing – getting to operate backhoes, excavators, pavers, bucket trucks and more during the ninth annual Construction Career Days. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, is one of many taking place during National Transportation Week (May 11-15), and is sponsored by RIDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center.

Students attending the event will move from station to station, operating heavy machinery on the grounds of the Midstate Facility and visiting numerous tables and displays inside covering welding, plumbing, electrical, landscaping and other construction disciplines. Additionally, a number of technical schools and colleges will be attendance.

Media visiting Construction Days will have the opportunity to interview students and exhibitors. Local newspapers should contact the RIDOT Office of Communications in advance for assistance in meeting students from their coverage areas.

Participating schools and dates of attendance include:

Wednesday, May 13

Burrillville: Burrillville High School

Chariho:Chariho Career & Technical Center and Chariho Regional High School

Cumberland: Cumberland High School

Cranston: Cranston Area Career & Technical Center, Cranston High School East, Cranston Transition Program/Cranston ARC, and NEL/CPS Construction Career Academy

East Providence: Bradley Hospital

Exeter: Exeter Job Corp Academy

Lincoln: Lincoln High School and Davies Career & Technical High School

Newport: East Bay Met School

North Kingstown: North Kingstown High School and Forward View Academy

North Providence: North Providence High School

North Smithfield: North Smithfield High School

Pawtucket: The Tides School

Providence: Central High School, Hope High School, College Crusade of Rhode Island, GAP/TD Program, The Tides School, and Youthbuild Providence.

Warwick: Eleanor Briggs School

West Warwick: The Tides School

Westerly: Westerly High School

Thursday, May 14

Bristol: Mount Hope High School

Cranston: NEL/CPS Construction Career Academy

Coventry: Coventry High School Regional Career & Tech Center

Cumberland: Cumberland High School Special Needs Class

East Providence: East Providence Career & Technical Center

Exeter/W. Greenwich: Exeter/West Greenwich High School-ALP Special Education

Glocester: Harmony Hill School

Johnston: Calef ALP School and Johnston High School

Lincoln: Spurwink School II, Davies Career & Technical High School, and Northern R.I. Collaborative Transition Employment Center

Middletown: Middletown High School

Newport: Newport Area Career & Technical Center

North Providence: St. Lawrence School

Pawtucket: Pawtucket Alternative Learning Program, Shea High School, and Tolman High School

Providence: Academy of Services High School, College Crusade of Rhode Island, Dr. Alvarez High School, E3 Academy, Feinstein High School, High Road School of Providence, Mount Pleasant High School, and Providence Skills Center

Scituate: Scituate High School

South Kingstown: South Kingstown High School

Tiverton: Tiverton High School

Warwick: Warwick Skills Center

Woonsocket: Beacon Charter High School

DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 North or South to Exit 7 (West Warwick, Coventry). Follow signs.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362, Ext. 4007

Media advisory: National Transportation Week begins with Robotics Challenge


The first event in a busy week of activities in celebration of National Transportation Week (May 11-15) takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2009 as 14 teams from eight Rhode Island middle schools compete in the 5th Annual University of Rhode Island Transportation Center Robotics Challenge.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center are sponsoring this event, which takes place at the URI Kingston Campus in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Media are invited to view the competition as robots built by the student teams complete a challenge course consisting of six missions such as plowing “snow” off an airport runway, raising a hurricane barrier and delivering safety barrels for a road construction site.

The Robotics Challenge also includes a poster competition with the theme of “Careers in Transportation.” Teams are free to select and research information about any particular career related to transportation. First, second, and third place awards will be given for winning teams in both the robotics challenge and the poster competition.

Students have been preparing for this competition for the past several weeks, and most belong to after-school robotics clubs. They use robotic kits based on Lego building bricks.

Participating Robotics Teams include:

• Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School of Coventry
• Archie Cole Middle School and our Lady of Mercy School, East Greenwich
• Barrington Middle School, Barrington
• Martin Middle School and Riverside Middle School, East Providence
• Monsignor Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Regional School, Wakefield
• Newport Community School, Newport
• Winman Junior High School, Warwick
• Westerly Middle School, Westerly

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DIRECTIONS: From points north, take I-95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South). Follow Route 4 until it merges with Route 1 South. Follow to intersection with Route 138 West. Follow Route 138 West for 3.8 miles to the University of Rhode Island entrance. Take a right onto Upper College Road. Check in at Visitor’s Center for parking pass and further directions.

Monday, May 11, 2009

RIDOT joins forces with Narragansett Bay Wheelmen to update State bike map


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that an updated version of its popular Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State map is now available. Copies of the map can be requested online at www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri or by calling (401) 222-4203 Ext. 4033. Electronic versions of the maps can also be downloaded from the website.

The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen Bicycle Club (NBW) donated $10,000 to this effort, representing the entire cost of printing 37,500 copies of the new map. The NBW is the largest cycling club in Rhode Island with 900 members.

“The Department is extremely grateful for the generosity of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Without their assistance, RIDOT would not have had the funds to produce printed copies of the map.”

The map shows the location, along with parking lots, for Rhode Island’s six major bike paths: the Blackstone River Bikeway, the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway, the East Bay Bike Path, the Ten Mile River Greenway, the Washington Secondary Bike Path, and the William C. O’Neill (South County) Bike Path. Rhode Island has more than 50 miles of off-road bike paths open and has more than 90 miles of signed bike routes.

The reverse side of the map includes detailed maps and information for each bike path. The map also indicates roads that are suitable for on-road bike riding.

“The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen are very pleased to be able to assist the Rhode Island Department of Transportation with the publication of its 2009 Rhode Island bicycle map,” said Ray Foulkes, NBW Past President and member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Founded in 1879 as the Providence Wheelmen, the NBW is an all-volunteer, community organization dedicated to the support and encouragement of recreational cycling. Full details of its weekly rides and events are available at www.nbwclub.org.

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

Friday, May 8, 2009

RI TUXEDO SHOPS PARTNER WITH RIDOT TO GET UNDERAGE DRINKING MESSAGE OUT


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and 14 Rhode Island formalwear shops have joined forces to discourage underage drinking during prom season. A total of 10,000 tags will be put on tuxedo hangers with the message: “Thinking of drinking this prom season? Don’t let this be your prom picture.”

“Proms should create lifelong happy memories,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “These tuxedo tags will remind prom goers that underage drinking has serious consequences.”


Impaired driving is one of Rhode Island’s deadliest crimes. Approximately half of Rhode Island’s highway fatalities involve alcohol and speed. Nearly 10% of these involve underage drinking.


Formal wear shops approached for this campaign were eager to participate and help relay this important message. A sample of the hang tag is above.

Participating shops are:

Store Name- Contact Person - Street Address- City- Phone #
Men’s Wearhouse- Denise St. Germaine- 508 Reservoir Avenue- Cranston- 785-4444
Carl Anthony Tuxedo- Dan Harris- 1460 Park Avenue- Cranston- 942-7555
East Greenwich Formals- Al Matera- 5600 Post Road- East Greenwich- 885-5545
Ana’s Bridal & Tuxedo- Michele Linhares- 456 Warren Avenue- East Providence- 438-5940
A Formal Wear- Norma Golotto- 1305 Hartford Avenue- Johnston- 421-6060
Viking Tuxedo- John Peixinho- 957 West Main Road- Middletown- 849-2677
Jim’s Formal Wear- Denise Lemieux- 5 Woodruff Avenue- Narragansett- 789-6901
Classic Tuxedo- Steve Hall- 253 South Main Street- Providence- 272-7316
Men’s Wearhouse- Dawn Amado- 137 Providence Place Mall- Providence- 270-1988
Men’s Wearhouse- Miguel Dutra- 822 Bald Hill Road- Warwick- 827-9900
Gara’s Mens Shop- Bob Gara- 23 Washington Street- West Warwick- 828-1005
Melissa’s Bridal- Amy Ferro- 271 Post Road- Westerly- 315-0880
Celebrations Formals- June Belleville- 282 South Main Street- Woonsocket- 766-7797
Waldorf Tuxedo- Bob Quirk- 1222 Warwick Avenue- Warwick- 463-5100
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RIDOT Travel Advisories

The weekly RIDOT travel advisories forecast for May 9-15, 2009 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

RIDOT to Discuss $20 Million Local Roads Program

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will hold a public workshop to discuss the $20 million Local Equity Aid Program (RI-LEAP) on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Providence Marriott, One Orms Street, Providence.

RI-LEAP, being funded by RIDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), was designed to improve the local infrastructure, provide additional economic stimulus at the local level and create jobs, by offering funding to all 39 cities and towns for local roadway improvements including resurfacing and sidewalk replacement.

Communities that will receive $250,000 of RI-LEAP funds 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 State funds are flexible and can be spent on any local public road.

All of the other communities that have more than 15 miles on the Federal Highway System will receive $150,000 of flexible State funds plus additional Federal funds based on a proportion of the additional mileage. These communities must follow all FHWA requirements including design, permitting, and construction, and can only be used on 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).

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Monday, May 4, 2009

RIDOT posting Portsmouth's Cove Bridge


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is lowering the posting of Cove Bridge #495, also known as the Escape Bridge, in Portsmouth to 4 tons. Vehicles over 4 tons will no longer be able to cross the bridge and will have to take alternate routes. Work to change the posting signs will begin today.

“The Cove Bridge is safe for travel by vehicles under the bridge’s new posted weight limit,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis.

Vehicles in excess of 4 tons seeking access to the Island Park business district should use Exit 2 off of Route 24 to Boyds Lane. Drivers unsure of the weight of their vehicles should consult their registration, which lists the vehicle’s gross weight. All trucks and buses will need to seek alternate routes. Passenger vehicles such as cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks are still permitted to cross the bridge.

RIDOT lowered the posting on this bridge to 10 tons last May. Deterioration has continued and now the bridge will need to have its superstructure (horizontal elements) replaced and its substructure (vertical elements) repaired.

“RIDOT will begin an accelerated in-house design for the Cove Bridge,” said Lewis. “It is expected that this project will be advertised later this year and begin construction next year. It is expected that this project will take only one construction season to complete.”

Once construction begins the bridge will need to be closed to all traffic. RIDOT will work closely with the community and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, should flooding conditions impact the neighborhood.

Built in 1961, Cove Bridge carries Hummocks Point Road over a tidal inlet in the Island Park section of Portsmouth. Serving primarily local traffic, the bridge has an average daily traffic count of 2,100 vehicles per day.

RIDOT inspects all of its bridges once every two years. This bridge was scheduled for annual inspections, but RIDOT will now inspect it every six months because of its rapid deterioration.

Motorists with concerns or questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450

RIDOT opens next segment of Blackstone River Bikeway.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it has completed work on the next segment of the Blackstone River Bikeway. This section, approximately 2,000 feet long, is on the northern end of the path in Woonsocket.

While short, this new segment is vital in that it connects the former northern end of the path at the Woonsocket Water Treatment Plant on Manville Road (Route 126) to a 1-mile path segment through the River’s Edge Recreational Complex, a new park built by the City of Woonsocket. RIDOT provided funding for the bike path through the River’s Edge park.

The path is now 11.6 continuous miles in length, from Valley Falls Heritage Park near Cumberland Town Hall on Broad Street (Route 114) to the northern end of the River’s Edge park at Davison Avenue in Woonsocket.

The new segment is the fourth segment on the Blackstone River Bikeway that RIDOT has opened in the past two years. The most recent one was a 1-mile segment from the former Lonsdale Drive-In site through the Lonsdale Marsh on an elevated boardwalk. The new segment is the eighth contract RIDOT has completed since the first stretch of path was opened in 1998.

There are no new parking facilities for this new segment, but there is parking at the River’s Edge park and off New River Road in the Manville section of Lincoln. There are nine parking locations along the path, including access via a spur trail from the I-295 North visitor’s center in Lincoln.

The new segment cost $600,000 to complete and was built by Lucena Brothers of Cumberland.

Design work continues on future path segments that eventually will lengthen the path on both its northern and southern ends. RIDOT anticipates the Blackstone River Bikeway will be about 19 miles long when complete, connecting India Point Park in Providence to the Massachusetts line in North Smithfield.

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

View start of path via GeoTweeter at: http://schmap.me/hj852s/

Friday, May 1, 2009

RIDOT Travel Advisories

The weekly RIDOT Travel Advisories forecast for May 2-8, 2009 is now online at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

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