Friday, April 30, 2010

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for May 1-7, 2010 is now available at:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Flooded roads web page updated

RIDOT has updated the flooded roads web page. Colebrook Rd. reopened in Little Compton. See the full list at:

Lane closures begin on Newport Bridge

Weekday lane closures begin on the Pell Bridge; right lane closed on Jamestown Bridge EB on Tues. See all closures at:

Friday, April 23, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for April 24-30, 2010 is now available at:

Weekend lane closure announced for I-195 ramp

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will be closing one of the two lanes on the ramp from I-195 West to I-95 South this weekend for Iway-related construction. The right lane will be closed from 5 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 24 through 5 a.m., Monday, April 26.

The lane closure is needed due to the placement of new concrete where this ramp meets a future exit from I-195 West to Eddy Street and the R.I. hospitals area. Even after work crews have completed concrete placement, traffic will be restricted with only the left lane open. This will minimize vibration on the structure while the new concrete is curing.

Although traffic volumes on the weekend are lower than on weekdays, RIDOT expects this lane closure to cause traffic congestion. Motorists may wish to use I-95 North to Route 10 South as an alternate route to I-95 South.

Also as part of this operation, RIDOT will close the right lane on I-95 South in the area of Exit 19 (Eddy Street), for approximately two hours beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Construction on this new exit to Eddy Street will continue this spring and summer. RIDOT expects to open it to traffic this fall.

Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT’s website ( and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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

Thursday, April 22, 2010

RIDOT Respects Earth Day Message

RIDOT respects Earth Day message. Adopt-a-Spot program makes dirt beautiful. Please see:

Monday, April 19, 2010

RIDOT urges drivers to keep their hands on the wheel, eyes on the road

The return of warmer weather means that motorists can expect to see more construction vehicles and workers on Rhode Island roads and highways. It also signals the return of a national effort to remind people about the dangers of careless and distracted driving in work zones.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is participating in the 11th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs from April 19-23, 2010. The slogan for this year’s national public awareness campaign is “Work Zones Deserve Our Undivided Attention.” Distracted driving is a major concern in Rhode Island, as shown by passage last year of a new law prohibiting texting while driving.

“Each year we deliver the same message, the same words of caution, to motorists about driving carefully in work zones,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “While we had no serious work zone crashes in Rhode Island in the past year, each year people are killed or severely injured in work-zone related accidents nationwide.”

Last year 700 people in the United States were killed in work-zone related accidents. About 85 percent of those killed are not the workers on the road but the driver or occupant of the car causing the crash. Additionally, more than 40,000 people nationwide are injured each year in work zone accidents.

Distractions are plenty. The use of electronic devices while driving – whether it be talking or texting on a cell phone, checking directions on a GPS unit, making selections on a portable music player, or even changing stations on the radio – all take a driver’s attention away from the road. Talking on a cell phone while driving, for example, can lead to delayed reaction times that are equivalent to those exhibited by persons driving while intoxicated. Bringing that level of distraction to a place where speeds are reduced, lanes are shifted or closed, and people are working very close to live traffic is a recipe for disaster.

“When approaching a work zone, an alarm should go off in your head that says ‘pay attention, something is different ahead,’” Lewis said. “Immediately redouble your efforts to the task of driving and driving safely. The lives of those working on the road, as well as yourself and your passengers are on the line.”

What’s at stake:

• Loss of life and serious injury – both for those working on the road and the driver and occupant.
• Steep fines of at least $85 for speeding or texting while driving. All fines can be doubled in work zones. Additional fines may be levied in the case of an accident.
• Financial loss from damage to your vehicle or other vehicles or property.
• Legal action from wrongful death suits or personal injury lawsuits.
• Time lost from work while recovering from injuries, appearing in court or attending to other errands or tasks related to the crash.
• Lost wages, lost productivity, lost time with family and friends.
• Long term pain or complications resulting from serious injuries.

What you can do:

• Slow down: Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
• Read the signs: Signage and flashing arrows are used to guide you and other drivers to move safely through the work zone.
• Don’t engage in distracting activities: Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations, texting or using a cell phone while driving in a work zone.
• Merge as soon as possible: Don’t drive right up to the lane closure and then try merging in.
• Expect delays: Leave early so you can reach your destination on time.
• Be patient and stay calm: Remember that work zones are not established to personally inconvenience you.

RIDOT makes every effort to alert the public about planned work zones for construction and maintenance activities and posts them on its website at Announcements regarding road closures are routinely posted on the Department’s social networking sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger. Weekly traffic forecasts also are sent to all Rhode Island media and traffic reporting services and are published in the Providence Sunday Journal.

Motorists, however, need to be prepared for unplanned work zones as well. RIDOT responds to reports for potholes, debris in the roads, and other urgent matters that require immediate attention. RIDOT uses highway message boards, its Highway Advisory Radio system (1630 AM), and 511 to relay this type of information.

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for April 17-23, 2010 is now available. Please see:

RIDOT Wins First Place Engineering Award for Iway

RIDOT wins First Place engineering award for Iway project. Please see:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

RIDOT Complements Flood Efforts with Official Start of 2010 Construction Season

During a ceremony this afternoon in Providence at the largest road construction project in the State’s history, the Iway, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced the official start of the 2010 construction season.

“Today we are pleased to hold our construction season opener,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Although our recent priorities have been to reopen closed roads and bridges due to the March 2010 flooding, we will complement these efforts with the start of our annual construction season.”

Lewis took the time to remind Rhode Island motorists that with the start of the construction season, everyone needs to be cognizant of workers’ safety. “Construction means progress – what we do affects all of you,” added Lewis. “As we do our part to make improvements, please do your part by paying attention to the signs, the cones, and the work zones. Be aware, slow down and take care.”

RIDOT construction crews will be out in full force undertaking several infrastructure improvement projects throughout the State. They include: the Replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge (#550) which carries I-95 Northbound and Southbound over the Pawtucket River in Pawtucket; and Contract 13 for the Iway, which includes the demolition of the old I-195 and its embankment in Providence.

Other projects include: the demolition of the remaining portion of the old Jamestown Bridge in Jamestown; the resurfacing of I-95 from Exit 3 (Route 138) to Weaver Hill Road in Richmond, Exeter and West Greenwich; and the resurfacing of Route 99 between Route 146 and Mendon Road in Cumberland, Lincoln and Woonsocket.

RIDOT will also make other improvements including enhancing the sidewalks and the riding surface on Route 114 (South Main Street) in Warren; upgrading the State’s bike and pedestrian path network through landscaping improvements at the Blackstone Bikeway in Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket; and also upgrading the signing on Route 37 in Warwick and Cranston and Route 10 in Cranston and Providence.

Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362 x. 4009

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

RIDOT's Construction Season Opener to get Underway at the Iway

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will hold its annual construction season opener at the Iway, which is the largest road construction project in the State’s history. The event will be held off of Hoppin Street in Providence, on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 2 p.m.
RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and RIDOT Deputy Chief Engineer of Construction Operations Frank Corrao will be on hand to provide an update on the Iway. They will also share highlights of the 2010 construction season.
Directions: From I-95 South, take Exit 21 (Atwells Avenue). Stay straight on Service Road #7. Take a left onto Point Street. Go over the Point Street Overpass. Take a left onto Hoppin Street. When you see the flagger, take a left up the ramp and follow to the event site parking. From I-95 North, take Exit 20 (Point Street). Proceed straight onto Hoppin Street. When you see the flagger, take a left up the ramp and follow to the event site parking.
Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362 x. 4009

Monday, April 12, 2010

RIDOT Flood 2010 Social Media Use Recognized by highlights RIDOT's Flood 2010 Social Media Success:

Friday, April 9, 2010

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for April 10-16, 2010 is now available at:

RIDOT Website & Social Media Use Channel Info to Public During 2010 Flood

RIDOT website & social media use see unprecedented usage numbers during Flood 2010. For press release see:

Current Traffic Incidents

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