Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Traffic Update

On-ramp closure in East Providence scheduled tonight.
Please see: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Friday, June 26, 2009

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast (6/27-7/3)

The RIDOT weekly traffic forecast for June 27 – July 3 is now online at http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories

Thursday, June 25, 2009

RIDOT finalizing traffic pattern changes for Henderson Bridge


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is completing traffic pattern changes as part of the second phase of a $3.3 million repair project to the Henderson Bridge, often called the “Red Bridge,” in Providence. The span connects Waterman Street and South Angell Street on Providence’s East Side with Massasoit Avenue in East Providence.

Overnight construction is scheduled for tonight, June 25, 2009, and will involve the movement of concrete barrier on the Henderson Bridge westbound. The new traffic pattern will be in place tomorrow, June 26.

Traffic will be directed to use the left travel lane when the right lane is closed. Because of the closure of the right lane, RIDOT must close the on-ramp from Massasoit Avenue southbound to the Henderson Bridge westbound.

A signed detour will be established using Waterman Avenue and Taunton Avenue to North Broadway, where there is an on-ramp to the Henderson Bridge. Because of the road configuration, it is not possible to make left turns on Massasoit Avenue or North Broadway while heading south, hence the need for a longer detour.

The Henderson Bridge project involves steel repair, replacement of bridge joints, a new drainage system and other improvements with the goal of extending the service life of the bridge. The project also will establish well-marked bicycle lanes for both the east and west bound movements. The bridge has long been a popular route for cyclists and pedestrians. RIDOT expects to complete the work this fall.

Traffic pattern changes instituted earlier this month affected how pedestrians and cyclists use the bridge. A map detailing those changes can be found online at www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri. The principal change with this activity impacts vehicular traffic.

The following is a summary of the changes taking place this week:
Henderson Bridge Westbound:

· Right travel lane closes. Left lane opens.
· Ramp from Massasoit Avenue southbound to Henderson Bridge westbound closes.
· No change in bicycle traffic on eastbound bridge.

New Route 403 to offer better access to and from the Air Show


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) wants to remind motorists that they should take the new Route 403 highway to this weekend’s R.I. National Guard Open House and Air Show, June 27-28, 2009.
Last October RIDOT opened the new highway between Route 4 and the Quonset Business Park as well as additional ramps during the winter months.
Motorists traveling on Route 4 South should use Exit 7B to access Route 403 toward Quonset. Those heading north on Route 4 can use Exit 7 for direct access to Route 403. This new ramp allows an all-highway route to the Park from the south as opposed to using local roads.
Upon leaving the Air Show, motorists can either use the ramp from Route 403 to Route 4 North or another new ramp, which provides access to Route 4 South from Route 403.
More information, including a map detailing the new features of the Route 403, can be found online at www.dot.ri.gov. Motorists also can call RIDOT’s Customer Service Division at 222-2450 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Friday, June 19, 2009

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT weekly traffic forecast for June 20-26, 2009 is now available online at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Media Reminder- Tomorrow Make Your Choice: The Iway or The Old Way?


- Media Reminder-

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists that it will open the next major segment of the Iway to traffic tomorrow, Thursday, June 18, 2009. The change will take place during the overnight hours tonight and be in place for the Thursday morning commute. All motorists driving on I-195 West will be impacted by this change and should plan extra time as drivers become used to the new traffic pattern. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Just as is the case today, motorists on I-195 West who want to access I-95 South will need to use the left lanes while motorists seeking to access I-95 North will need to use the right lanes. The main difference is that the split will now occur immediately after Exit 3 (Gano Street) and the Washington Bridge. Motorists should move into the correct lanes before they pass over the Washington Bridge.

Traffic on the left headed to I-95 South will pass over the new Providence River Bridge and use the new highway which connects to I-95 just prior to Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Traffic on the right will continue to use old I-195 until RIDOT opens the final major highway segment (I-195 West to I-95 North) in late 2009.

“This change is another step in the process of opening the Iway, RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Unlike previous Iway openings when traffic congestion decreased, we actually expect traffic to get worse from this change. We urge drivers to plan ahead as much as possible and drive carefully and courteously.”

The opening of the westbound lanes of the new I-195 must be phased in, and as such, RIDOT expects congestion will be created by the new traffic pattern. This congestion will likely persist until the next major improvement, I-195 West to I-95 North, is opened later this year. Signage will be installed beginning at the Massachusetts state line. Motorists should not stop or back up on the highway if they find themselves in the wrong lane for their destination, but continue on and take the next exit to seek an alternate route.

The opening of the new highway segment will result in other changes, including access from the East Side of Providence and to the R.I. Hospital area. Some of these changes will be permanent and others will be alleviated in the future by additional ramps RIDOT plans to open.

Later in the summer, motorists on I-195 West will be able to access the hospitals campus via a ramp directly from the Iway to Eddy Street. Until that opens, motorists will be directed to use Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) and use Allens Avenue to Public Street to Eddy Street.

Other changes for those driving on I-195 West, from east to west, include:
Exit/Ramp -- Changes
Exit 3 (Gano Street) -- Right-hand exit remains as-is
On-ramp from Gano Street to I-195 West -- Access only to old I-195and I-95 North
Exit 2 (South Main Street) -- Access only from old-195(right lanes)
On-ramp from Wickenden Street to I-195 West -- Access only to old I-195and I-95 North
On-ramp from Dorrance Street to I-195 West -- Access only to old I-195and I-95 North
I-95 Exit 19 (Eddy Street) from I-195 West -- Not possible; use Exit 18 instead to Thurbers Avenue and follow detour

Due to the volume of traffic on I-195 West at the new split, RIDOT encourages motorists in East Providence to use the Taunton Avenue on-ramp for I-95 North only, since that ramp is so close to the new split it may be difficult to move over in heavy traffic. If motorists leaving East Providence wish to access I-95 South, getting on the highway at the Pawtucket Avenue on-ramp affords them more time to move to the left lanes.

Motorists leaving Providence who use the Dorrance Street on-ramp to old I-195 have two options to access I-95 South. They can use Memorial Boulevard to the highway interchange next to Providence Place Mall. Additionally, they can also follow Eddy Street south to Allens Avenue and turn right onto Blackstone Street to access a temporary on-ramp to I-95 South. Both options are available for those leaving the East Side who used either the Gano Street or Wickenden Street on-ramps. Detouring traffic will result in more traffic in the Davol Square area.

If motorists find themselves on the Iway to I-95 South and their intended direction was I-95 North, they can use Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) to reverse direction. At the end of the ramp, turn left, pass underneath the highway overpass, and take an immediate left onto the ramp to I-95 North. Conversely, if motorists find themselves on old I-195 West to I-95 North and their intended direction was I-95 South, they can use Exit 22B to Route 10 South, which leads to I-95 at Exit 16, which has ramps to both I-95 North and South. Both of these “if you missed it” detours are only about two miles long.

The new ramp opening is the third in a series of four major highway segments being opened as part of the $610 million Iway project. RIDOT opened the first segment, I-95 North to I-195 East, on November 4, 2007. The next segment, I-95 South to I-195 East, opened on December 6, 2008. RIDOT expects all highway traffic to be using the Iway by the end of 2009. Additional on- and off-ramps are scheduled to open in 2010. RIDOT expects demolition of old I-195 to begin in 2010 with the project wrapping up in 2012.

Detailed information, including maps, are available on RIDOT’s website, www.dot.ri.gov. Additional information is available by calling 511 or listening to the Highway Advisory Radio system on 1630 AM. Information is also available by signing up for one of RIDOT’s social networking websites: Facebook, Blogger, MySpace or Twitter. The latter of these features real-time updates on highway incidents from RIDOT’s Transportation Management Center. Additionally, motorists can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service Department at 401-222-2450 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x. 4007

Friday, June 12, 2009

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT weekly Traffic Forecast for June 13-19, 2009 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

Overnight Work for Warwick Intermodal Station to Close Post Road

-Traffic Advisory-


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is alerting motorists about overnight work planned for next week on Post Road near T.F. Green State Airport in Warwick. The closure is necessary to allow for safe construction of the new pedestrian Skywalk for the Warwick Intermodal Station.

The work will require the closure of a portion of Post Road between Coronado Road and Montebello Road, close to the Post Road exit from the Airport parking lot, Sunday, June 14 through Thursday June 18, 2009 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night.

All access to the Airport will be maintained. Traffic on Post Road will be detoured using Coronado Road, Imera Avenue and Montebello Road.
Contact: Charles St. Martin, 401-222-1362 x4007

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Carcieri, RIDOT Highlight Changes Coming to the Iway: New Segment to Open Next Week

During a ceremony this morning on the west side of the new Providence River Bridge in Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Governor Donald L. Carcieri highlighted the changes coming to the Iway by previewing the opening of the next major segment of the Interstate: I-195 West to I-95 South. This segment is scheduled to open during the overnight hours of Wednesday, June 17, 2009, just in time for the Thursday morning commute on June 18. All work is weather permitting.
“Today marks another milestone with the completion of Phase Three of the Iway,” said Governor Donald L. Carcieri. “We have already seen dramatic improvement in traffic flow with the opening of the other segments, and when completed, the Iway will transform how we move people and commerce, and will open up downtown Providence, making way for the development of 19 acres.”
This opening will mark the third in a series of four major highway segments being opened as part of the $610 million Iway project. RIDOT opened the first segment, I-95 North to I-195 East, on November 4, 2007. The next segment, I-95 South to I-195 East, opened on December 6, 2008. I-195 West to I-95 North is scheduled to open later this year, while all highway traffic should be using the Iway by the end of 2009. Additional on- and off-ramps are scheduled to open this year and next. RIDOT expects demolition of old I-195 to begin in 2010 with the project wrapping up in 2012.
“With next week’s opening, we ask for the patience of the motoring public as they become accustomed to the new traffic patterns,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “We ask that all motorists pay close attention to the new signs and routes and allow extra time to get to their destination.”
Just as is the case today, motorists on I-195 West who want to access I-95 South will need to use the left lanes while motorists seeking to access I-95 North will need to use the right lanes. The main difference is that the split will now occur immediately after Exit 3 (Gano Street) and the Washington Bridge. Motorists should move into the correct lanes well before they pass over the Washington Bridge.
Traffic on the left (headed to I-95 South) will use the new highway, pass over the new Providence River Bridge, and connect to I-95 just prior to Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Traffic on the right will continue to use old I-195 until RIDOT opens the final major highway segment (I-195 West to I-95 North) in late 2009.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

RIDOT, Carcieri to Preview Next Week's Opening of the Iway: I-195 West to I-95 South

MEDIA ADVISORY

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Governor Donald L. Carcieri will be joined by Federal, State and local officials for a preview of the opening of the next major segment of the Iway, I-195 West to I-95 South. The preview event will be held on the new ramp in Providence on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 1 p.m.

The actual change will take place during the overnight hours on Wednesday, June 17, in time for the Thursday morning commute.

Just as is the case today, motorists on I-195 West who want to access I-95 South will need to use the left lanes while motorists seeking to access I-95 North will need to use the right lanes. The main difference is that the split will now occur immediately after Exit 3 (Gano Street) and the Washington Bridge. Motorists should move into the correct lanes before they pass over the Washington Bridge.

Traffic on the left, headed to I-95 South, will pass over the new Providence River Bridge and use the new highway which connects to I-95 just prior to Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Traffic on the right will continue to use old I-195 until RIDOT opens the final major highway segment (I-195 West to I-95 North) in late 2009.

Directions: Take Point Street to Bridge Street to South Main Street. Follow South Main Street and take a left onto Tockwotton Street (look for flagger). Follow Tockwotton for a short distance, taking a left up a hill and following a dirt road to the back of the Providence River Bridge. Drive over the bridge, heading towards the new ramp. Please park on the bridge or on the approaches.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

RIDOT Establishing New Traffic Pattern For Henderson Bridge

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is moving into the second phase of a $3.3 million repair project to the Henderson Bridge, often called the “Red Bridge,” in Providence. The span connects Waterman Street and South Angell Street on Providence’s East Side with Massasoit Avenue in East Providence.


Overnight construction tonight June 9, 2009, will involve the movement of concrete barrier on the Henderson Bridge eastbound. The new traffic pattern will be in place tomorrow, June 10.
Traffic will be directed to use the right travel lane when the left lane is closed. A similar operation is planned to take place in two weeks on the Henderson Bridge westbound. The bridge’s original left lanes will remain closed permanently.


The project involves steel repair, replacement of bridge joints, a new drainage system and other improvements with the goal of extending the service life of the bridge. The project also will establish well-marked bicycle lanes for both the east and west bound movements. The bridge has long been a popular route for cyclists and pedestrians. RIDOT anticipates the work to be complete this fall.


In this next phase of construction, cyclists and pedestrians will encounter changes from the pattern that was instituted when the project began last year. The primary change for motorists will be the reopening of the ramp from the Henderson Bridge eastbound to Massasoit Avenue in East Providence.


The sidewalk on the bridge carrying westbound traffic will close. All pedestrian and bicycle riders will travel on the Henderson Bridge eastbound. Cyclists heading west toward Providence will be required to dismount from their bikes and use the eastbound bridge’s sidewalk. They can access this sidewalk at the end of the off-ramp from the Henderson Bridge to Massasoit Avenue in East Providence.


Cyclists heading east toward East Providence will be directed to use the shoulder area on the eastbound bridge, which will be the future bike lane. RIDOT is also installing bike plates on the bridge’s expansion joints. These cover the gaps in the bridge joint and prevent bicycle tires from getting snagged in the joint.


A map of the changes for cyclists is posted on the BikeRI section of RIDOT’s website at: www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri/maps/hendersondetour-new.jpg.


The following is a summary of the changes taking place this week:
Henderson Bridge Eastbound:
• Right travel lane opens. Left lane closed.
• South sidewalk opens. North sidewalk closes.
• Massasoit Ave. exit southbound will reopen.






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

Monday, June 8, 2009

RIDOT begins maintenance project for East Bay Bike Path

At 17 years old, the State’s oldest bike path is showing its age, and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started a maintenance project to bring a much smoother riding surface to the 14.5-mile East Bay Bike Path. The work will take place in various locations through the summer months.

Cyclists along the path from Providence to Bristol already may have encountered construction work on the path. The $350,000 project will involve repairs at various locations, but the bulk of the work will take place in the Warren-Barrington area. The path will remain open throughout the project, although temporary closures may be needed due to construction – especially during weekdays. Cyclists and other path users are urged to exercise caution when using the path during this project.

There are five short sections in Warren where the roots of nearby locust trees have pushed up the pavement surface, creating cracks and bumps. RIDOT will resurface these areas, approximately 1,000 linear feet, and install root barrier to prevent future damage.

The project also involves the placement of new decking on the bike path bridges that pass over the Barrington and Warren rivers. Each is about 300 feet long and the existing timber deck is deteriorating. Path users will have access to the sidewalk section of each bridge while the decking work is done, which will take approximately two weeks for each bridge and is tentatively scheduled to take place from late June through late July. RIDOT also will be making repairs to a small bridge near Squantum Road in Riverside.

There will be no construction on weekends or holidays, and the path will be accessible for those wishing to ride to the Bristol Fourth of July Parade.

RIDOT additionally will be restriping the entire bike path, placing new pavement markings and stop bars. All traffic control signage will be replaced as well.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007
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RIDOT begins maintenance project for East Bay Bike Path

At 17 years old, the State’s oldest bike path is showing its age, and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started a maintenance project to bring a much smoother riding surface to the 14.5-mile East Bay Bike Path. The work will take place in various locations through the summer months.

Cyclists along the path from Providence to Bristol already may have encountered construction work on the path. The $350,000 project will involve repairs at various locations, but the bulk of the work will take place in the Warren-Barrington area. The path will remain open throughout the project, although temporary closures may be needed due to construction – especially during weekdays. Cyclists and other path users are urged to exercise caution when using the path during this project.

There are five short sections in Warren where the roots of nearby locust trees have pushed up the pavement surface, creating cracks and bumps. RIDOT will resurface these areas, approximately 1,000 linear feet, and install root barrier to prevent future damage.

The project also involves the placement of new decking on the bike path bridges that pass over the Barrington and Warren rivers. Each is about 300 feet long and the existing timber deck is deteriorating. Path users will have access to the sidewalk section of each bridge while the decking work is done, which will take approximately two weeks for each bridge and is tentatively scheduled to take place from late June through late July. RIDOT also will be making repairs to a small bridge near Squantum Road in Riverside.

There will be no construction on weekends or holidays, and the path will be accessible for those wishing to ride to the Bristol Fourth of July Parade.

RIDOT additionally will be restriping the entire bike path, placing new pavement markings and stop bars. All traffic control signage will be replaced as well.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007
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Friday, June 5, 2009

RIDOT weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT weekly Traffic Forecast for June 6-12, 2009 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Iway or the old way? Major traffic pattern change for I-195 West scheduled for the morning of June 18

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will open the next major segment of the Iway to traffic on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The change will take place during the overnight hours on Wednesday, June 17 and be in place for the Thursday morning commute. All motorists driving on I-195 West will be impacted by this change and should plan extra time as drivers become used to the new traffic pattern. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.


Just as is the case today, motorists on I-195 West who want to access I-95 South will need to use the left lanes while motorists seeking to access I-95 North will need to use the right lanes. The main difference is that the split will now occur immediately after Exit 3 (Gano Street) and the Washington Bridge. Motorists should move into the correct lanes before they pass over the Washington Bridge.


Traffic on the left headed to I-95 South will pass over the new Providence River Bridge and use the new highway which connects to I-95 just prior to Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Traffic on the right will continue to use old I-195 until RIDOT opens the final major highway segment (I-195 West to I-95 North) in late 2009.


“The opening of this new highway segment is another important milestone in the Iway project,” Governor Donald L. Carcieri said. “Improving the state’s infrastructure is a top priority of my Administration. These major improvements, from the Iway and Route 403 to the Intermodal project and the planned runway expansion at T.F. State Airport Green, greatly improve the flow of people and business, and are key building blocks to a strong economy for Rhode Island.”


The opening of the westbound lanes of the new I-195 must be phased in, and as such, RIDOT expects congestion will be created by the new traffic pattern. This congestion will likely persist until the next major improvement, I-195 West to I-95 North, is opened later this year. Fixed and electronic signage will be installed beginning at the Massachusetts state line. Motorists should not stop or back up on the highway if they find themselves in the wrong lane for their destination, but continue on and take the next exit to seek an alternate route.


“We ask for motorists to be patient as we move through this transition period and to plan ahead and heed all signage regarding their destination,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "Slowing and changing lanes right at the split can lead to crashes which will create additional congestion.”


The opening of the new highway segment will result in other changes, including access from the East Side of Providence and to the R.I. Hospital area. Some of these changes will be permanent and others will be alleviated in the future by additional ramps RIDOT plans to open.


Later in the summer, motorists on I-195 West will be able to access the hospitals campus via a ramp directly from the Iway to Eddy Street. Until that opens, motorists will be directed to use Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) and use Allens Avenue to Public Street to Eddy Street.


“RIDOT will install several signs to direct people to the hospitals complex,” Lewis said. “However with all these changes motorists should allow extra time to get to their appointments. The Department has coordinated all changes with public safety officials to ensure emergency responders have no delay in reaching the hospitals.”


Other changes for those driving on I-195 West, from east to west, include:


Exit/Ramp
1. Exit 3 (Gano Street) 2. On-ramp from Gano Street to I-195 West 3. Exit 2 (South Main Street) 4. On-ramp from Wickenden Street to I-195 West 5. On-ramp from Dorrance Street to I-195 West 6. I-95 Exit 19 (Eddy Street) from I-195 West


Change
1. Right-hand exit remains as-is 2. Access only to old I-195 and I-95 North 3. Access only from old-195 (right lanes) 4. Access only to old I-195 and I-95 North 5. Access only to old I-195 and I-95 North 6. Not possible; use Exit 18 instead to Thurbers Avenue and follow detour
Due to the volume of traffic on I-195 West at the new split, RIDOT encourages motorists in East Providence to use the Taunton Avenue on-ramp for I-95 North only, since that ramp is so close to the new split it may be difficult to move over in heavy traffic. If motorists leaving East Providence wish to access I-95 South, getting on the highway at the Pawtucket Avenue on-ramp affords them more time to move to the left lanes.


Motorists leaving Providence who use the Dorrance Street on-ramp to old I-195 have two options to access I-95 South. They can use Memorial Boulevard to the highway interchange next to Providence Place Mall. Additionally, they can also follow Eddy Street south to Allens Avenue and turn right onto Blackstone Street to access a temporary on-ramp to I-95 South. Both options are available for those leaving the East Side who used either the Gano Street or Wickenden Street on-ramps. Detouring traffic will result in more traffic in the Davol Square area.


“The Department expects increased congestion on city streets, particularly in the afternoon,” Lewis said. “Streets that normally may not carry much traffic today will likely be busier once this change is made. Again, allow extra time for your commute.”


If motorists find themselves on the Iway to I-95 South and their intended direction was I-95 North, they can use Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) to reverse direction. At the end of the ramp, turn left, pass underneath the highway overpass, and take an immediate left onto the ramp to I-95 North. Conversely, if motorists find themselves on old I-195 West to I-95 North and their intended direction was I-95 South, they can use Exit 22B to Route 10 South, which leads to I-95 at Exit 16, which has ramps to both I-95 North and South. Both of these “if you missed it” detours are only about two miles long.


The new ramp opening is the third in a series of four major highway segments being opened as part of the $610 million Iway project. RIDOT opened the first segment, I-95 North to I-195 East, on November 4, 2007. The next segment, I-95 South to I-195 East, opened on December 6, 2008. RIDOT expects all highway traffic to be using the Iway by the end of 2009. Additional on- and off-ramps are scheduled to open in 2010. RIDOT expects demolition of old I-195 to begin in 2010 with the project wrapping up in 2012.


Detailed information, including maps, are available on RIDOT’s website, www.dot.ri.gov. Additional information is available by calling 511 or listening to the Highway Advisory Radio system on 1630 AM. Information is also available by signing up for one of RIDOT’s social networking websites, either Facebook, Blogger, MySpace or Twitter. The latter of these features real-time updates on highway incidents from RIDOT’s Transportation Management Center. Additionally, motorists can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service Department at 401-222-2450 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Job Stimulus Earns RIDOT a Spot in Fortune Magazine

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is highlighted in the new issue of Fortune Magazine for its job stimulus. RIDOT was the only state agency to be recognized by the magazine for its efforts in effectively allocating funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Wellington Hall, a Civil Engineer and Project Manager, is profiled as the first stimulus related employee to be hired by the Department.

Fortune Magazine highlighted several recent new-hires just like Hall, all of whom have obtained employment due to the recent disbursement of stimulus funds. The article, “The Job Squad,” by Telis Demos and Beth Kowitt is available on page 78 in the magazine, as well as on the web with extended interviews and photos. The extended content can be accessed at: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/fortune/0906/gallery.jobs_from_stimulus.fortune/index.html.

“Since October RIDOT has been working diligently to stay on top of the stimulus projects,” said RIDOT Director Michael Lewis. “The Department is pleased to have the additional financial means to be able to hire qualified individuals like Wellington Hall to work with us.”

After graduating from Northeastern University and finding it nearly impossible to obtain employment, Hall started graduate school at The University of Rhode Island. He started an internship at RIDOT in May 2008 as a Traffic Engineering intern. Hall is now one of 89 who have been or will soon be hired by RIDOT through stimulus funding.

Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450
Cassandra Goryl (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4263

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