Friday, February 26, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for February 27- March 5, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/17bGQQ

RIDOT & Social Media

RIDOT just spoke with Ragan Comm http://bit.ly/1NCs7P on social media use. We're a small state with a big message to share. Story runs W/Th.

Don't Text and Drive

RIDOT is on board with @Oprah... Don't tempt fate. That text can wait. Don't text and drive. Have a safe weekend.

Friday, February 19, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for February 20- 26, 2010 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

RIDOT's "Putting People to Work" Report Highlights Department's ARRA Success

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today released “Putting People to Work,” a report on Rhode Island’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funded projects. The release of the document coincides with the one-year anniversary, February 17, 2009, of the signing of the Act.

“This report highlights the success of the ARRA program in Rhode Island and how it has put people to work,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “By the end of 2009, $9.4 million in wages had been earned by 1,929 people who have benefited directly from ARRA.”
RIDOT initially designated 54 ARRA projects worth $137 million. Thanks to low bids for some of these projects, the Department was able to add an additional eight ARRA projects to its program.

As of February 16, 2010, 58 projects have been authorized for funding, and 44 are under construction. Eighty-one percent of these contracts were awarded to Rhode Island companies. By the March 1, 2010 deadline, all funds will be authorized.

The ARRA projects featured in the report are varied and include: bridge preventative maintenance and bridge rehabilitation, drainage improvements, guardrail repairs, highway striping, signage improvements, traffic signal improvements, and resurfacing and pavement management. To view RIDOT’s report, log onto http://www.dot.state.ri.us/.

The Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently chose Rhode Island as one of the prime examples of ARRA success by highlighting it and three other states in its report entitled, “Projects and Paychecks: a One Year Report on State Transportation Success under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” To view AASHTO’s report, log onto http://recovery.transportation.org/.

Contact Heidi Cote at (401) 222-1362 x. 4009.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snowy Tuesday in RI

Snow, rain & slushy accumulation on the roads today. Take it slow... so you get where you need to go... safely.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Traffic Forecast Update

Alternating lane closures on Dean St. at W. Exchange St., from W. Exchange to the Rts. 6/10 on ramp, Tues. - Fri., from 7 am to 3:30 pm.

Friday, February 12, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for February 13- 19 2010 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wickenden Street Bridge demolition update

Overnight work on the Wickenden Street Bridge demolition project has concluded. Motorists can expect to encounter work during weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. as demolition continues. This may require the closure of the Wickenden Street jug handle during this time.

RIDOT Recognized by National Report Previewing 1st Anniversary of Stimulus

On the cusp of the one year anniversary of the stimulus bill, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has been recognized in an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) stimulus report entitled, “Projects and Paychecks: A One-Year Report on State Transportation Successes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”

“Projects and Paychecks” has a simple message: Investment in transportation equals good construction jobs now and lasting infrastructure for the future. RIDOT has 62 projects in its stimulus program – up from the initial 54 because of competitive bidding that allowed the Department to stretch its dollars further.

“The stimulus program added $137 million to our transportation program,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Currently 57 projects have been authorized, 44 projects are under construction, and 81 percent of all of the project contracts were awarded to Rhode Island companies.”

One of RIDOT’s projects highlighted in the report is the Dillons Corner Bridge project in Narragansett. Dillons Corner is a $6.6 million stimulus project replacing two structurally deficient bridges (Dillons Corner Bridge and Point Judith Road Bridge). Repairs to the Peace Dale Stone Arch Bridge in South Kingstown are also a part of this project.

This stimulus funded project will improve two vital bridge structures that lie in the main pathway to some of Rhode Island’s most popular beaches. The old shored up structures will become relics of the past, improving safety and rideability for the hundreds of thousands of beachgoers who visit this area between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

This American Recovery and Reinvestment Act transportation project has created approximately 25 jobs.

“‘Projects and Paychecks’ proves just how big a role stimulus is playing to keep Americans working,” said John Horsley, AASHTO executive director. “In January, state DOTs identified more than 9,800 additional ‘ready-to-go’ projects worth $79 billion. This study proves transportation projects can deliver hundreds of thousands of jobs for America,” Horsley said.

Rhode Island, along with Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, were selected as success stories and the regional representatives for this report. Other Rhode Island projects included in the report are the resurfacing of eight miles of I-95 between exits 1 - 3 for $7.7 million, and the reconstruction of Hartford Avenue in Johnston for $3.4 million.

The entire report focuses on the $48 billion national investment in transportation improvement projects and highlights the job creation results through profiles of 150 individual projects and newly released state and federal government statistics. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed on February 17, 2009.

Nationwide, as of January 7, 2010, 1,125 bridges had been improved or replaced, 21,400 miles of pavement had been resurfaced or widened, and 1,700 safety traffic management projects had been put into place.

The entire report can be found online at: www.recovery.transportation.org.

Contact Dana Alexander Nolfe at (401) 222-1362 x. 4450.

Monday, February 8, 2010

RIDOT Previews 1st Anniversary of Stimulus with Recognition in National Report

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has been chosen as one of four states that will highlight a report being put out tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9, 2010 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). AASHTO’s report is entitled, “Projects and Paychecks: A One-Year Report on State Transportation Successes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”

To highlight the Department’s recognition RIDOT will hold a press event tomorrow at Dillons Corner Bridge in Narragansett at 1 p.m. (see directions below). Dillons Corner is a $6.6 million stimulus project replacing two structurally deficient bridges (Dillons Corner Bridge and Point Judith Road Bridge). Repairs to the Peace Dale Stone Arch Bridge in South Kingstown are also a part of this project.

“Projects and Paychecks” has a simple message: Investment in transportation equals good construction jobs now and lasting infrastructure for the future. RIDOT has 62 projects in its stimulus program – up from the initial 54 because of competitive bidding that allowed the Department to stretch its dollars further.

Rhode Island, along with Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, has been selected as success stories and the regional representatives for this report.

RIDOT’s Director Michael P. Lewis will speak at the event and be available for Q & A afterwards.
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DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South). This merges into Route 1 South. Take the Narragansett exit and make a left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. Go under the overpass, stay right at the rotary and park about ¼ mile down at the salt storage facility immediately opposite Washington Trust Bank. To get to the event site, turn left out of the parking area and walk along the sidewalk towards Dillons Corner Bridge (the bridge you just drove under). The event will be held in the grassy center of the rotary. Flat shoes are suggested.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday and Drunk Driving

Did you know? Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days on the roads due to DWI. Remember: "Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk."

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for February 6- 12 2010 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Traffic Update: Wickenden Street

Overnight demolition work on the former Wickenden Street overpass will continue next week, Sunday-Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Much of this work was scheduled to be performed during the daytime, but working at night is much less disruptive to traffic so RIDOT will continue with its current schedule.

Wear Red Day

It's National Wear Red Day at RIDOT. What are you doing to fight heart disease? How about a walk/ride on one of RI's beautiful bike paths?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

On-ramp to Route 24 North closed in Portsmouth


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it has closed the on-ramp from Hummocks Avenue in Portsmouth to Route 24 North. The closure is necessary to allow construction to proceed on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. Specifically, RIDOT will be rehabilitating the Hummocks Avenue Bridge and building parts of the western approach to the new Sakonnet River Bridge, including earth work and drainage.

The ramp will be closed for approximately six months. Motorists may also encounter lane restrictions at the Hummocks Avenue Bridge with a single lane alternating traffic pattern.

Motorists will be directed to use Anthony Road to Boyd’s Lane, where they will find a ramp to Route 24 North. The length of the detour is less than two miles. Motorists heading to Route 24 North from a point south of the Cove Bridge in the Island Park neighborhood will find a shorter detour using Park Avenue to Boyd’s Lane. Motorists leaving the Common Fence Point neighborhood should use the primary detour via Anthony Road.

“We apologize to the residents of Island Park and Common Fence Point for this inconvenience and for this late notice. We are committed to providing advance notice of construction for the Sakonnet River Bridge project,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The Department is working aggressively to replace the Sakonnet River Bridge and this closure is needed to build the new alignment of Route 24 when it meets the new bridge.”

RIDOT posts weekly updates on its website (www.dot.ri.gov) about expected work in both Portsmouth in Tiverton related to the Sakonnet River Bridge project. This information is also posted online as part of RIDOT’s statewide traffic forecast at www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories.

Motorists who have questions about this project are urged to contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 222-2450. Information, including photos of the bridge project, will be posted on RIDOT’s social networking sites on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Blogger. These sites can be accessed from RIDOT’s home page at www.dot.ri.gov.

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

Don't Text and Drive

Texting & driving are a deadly mix. RIDOT reminds you that its also illegal. Fines start at $85. Today's ProJo story: http://bit.ly/aA6ZvM

Monday, February 1, 2010

RIDOT Contactor Attends State of the Union Address

Jobs are important to RI. Stimulus helped this RIDOT contractor do his part & even attend the State of the Union: http://bit.ly/6FzlqO

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