Monday, August 30, 2010

Round Top Bridge reopening

The Round Top Bridge in Burrillville is scheduled to reopen this afternoon. It has been closed since mid-July for rehabilitation.

Friday, August 27, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast for August 28 – September 3, 2010 is now available @

Flood repair project in Coventry

Motorists driving on Route 117 (Main Street and Washington Street) in the eastern portion of Coventry in the next several weeks can expect travel delays as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) begins a contract to repair three sections of roadway that were damaged during the historic flooding in March.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 30, 2010 and last until mid October. RIDOT is following an aggressive schedule that will involve daytime and nighttime work; however, to minimize the impact during the morning and afternoon rush hours, there will be no lane closures or restrictions from 6-9 a.m. and from 3-7 p.m. Specific lane restrictions will be announced each Friday for the following week and will be posted online at:

The work will entail a total reconstruction of Route 117 in some areas, and motorists can expect to encounter gravel roadways during the project. At times, there will be a single-lane alternating traffic pattern. Sidewalks will also be under construction. The affected areas of Route 117 include:

• Ken Ray Drive to Route 116 (Knotty Oak Road) – Approximately two-thirds of a mile.

• From 200 feet west of Laurel Avenue to Fairview Avenue – Approximately 800 feet.

• Area of Contentment Drive (Coventry Housing Authority) – Approximately 450 feet.

The cost of this repair contract with D’Ambra Construction is $1.1 million. This is one of the more complex flood repair projects that RIDOT has initiated this year. The Department has more than 50 flood repair contracts completed, underway or about to go to construction soon at a cost of $11.9 million. Another seven contracts worth about $5.5 million remain and will go to construction this fall and next spring. In total, more than 500 road and bridge sections were identified as damaged by flood waters and targeted for repair.

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

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pile driving complete on Sakonnet River Bridge project

RIDOT concludes pile driving on Sakonnet River Bridge Project. Please see:

New to RIDOT Travel Advisories website

New to RIDOT Travel Advisories: Exit 2 from I-195 WB closed for paving, Thursday night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Use Exits 3 or 1A to detour.

School Street Bridge update

RIDOT has reopened the School Street Bridge in North Smithfield.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

US Transportation Secretary Blogs about RIDOT and Wickford Junction

RIDOT's Wickford Junction ground breaking event is US Transportation Sec @RayLaHood 's blog topic today. Please see:

Mission: Safety 2010

Don't miss out on RIDOT's Mission: Safety 2010 Conference with FHWA and NHTSA. Sign up today at:

School Street Bridge reopening

Due to persistent rainy weather, the reopening of the School St. Bridge in N. Smithfield has been postponed one day until Thursday, Aug. 26

Friday, August 20, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

RIDOT Traffic Forecast for August 21-27, 2010 is now available at:

Wilbur Road closing

Wilbur Road Bridge closing for rehabilitation. Please see

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

South County Commuter Rail Expansion on Track as Ground is Broken at Wickford Junction Station

This morning marked a momentous occasion for South County Commuter Rail expansion when ground was broken at the Wickford Junction Train Station. Governor Donald Carcieri, Senator Jack Reed, Congressman James Langevin, and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter Rogoff joined Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael P. Lewis and other officials at the site of the $22 million project in North Kingstown.

Designed as an alternative to the heavily traveled corridor of I-95 and Route 4 in the southern part of the state, the Station will extend existing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) trains from Boston, Massachusetts to Providence and starting this Fall, to the InterLink at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.

As a steadfast supporter of transportation improvements throughout his administration, Governor Carcieri has made infrastructure investments a priority.

“The impact of this project on commuters, the economy, and our transportation infrastructure will be significant,” said Governor Donald L. Carcieri. “Commuter rail will be a relaxing and cost-effective alternative for South County commuters who travel increasingly congested roads into the Providence metropolitan area on a daily basis. At the same time, it will benefit the entire state by connecting South County to the Boston metropolitan area and creating economic opportunities for Rhode Island. The reduction in the number of cars on the road also will enable us to extend the life of our highway system.”

Taking advantage of its location at Wickford Junction, the project will complement the transit-oriented development already in existence. It will also provide a catalyst for future partnerships between Federal, state and local entities.

“The expansion of commuter rail here in South County is a key component to providing a well-balanced intermodal transportation system in our state,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “We are pleased to have partnered on this project with the FTA, MBTA, Amtrak, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), and the Town of North Kingstown, to name only a few.”

The project would not be at its current stage without the support of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation. Both Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin were instrumental in working with their colleagues to secure Federal funds to advance this project.

“Expanding rail service to Wickford is a smart investment that will have long-term economic benefits for the state and the region. This project means more jobs and increased options for South County residents and visitors and less pollution and gridlock on our roads. For $2.75 riders will be able to hop on at Wickford and take the fast track to Providence. Or they can continue on to Boston. This project has tremendous public benefits for local businesses, commuters, families, and the environment,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee who secured $32.6 million for the project in Congressionally directed appropriations.

“Moving Rhode Islanders faster and more efficiently by train, while easing congestion on our highways, is beneficial for all,” said Congressman James Langevin. “I look forward to taking the new commuter rail to the Intermodal at the airport and also onto Providence.”

Through a design/build contract with Manafort Brothers, Inc., the Station will also include an 800-foot train platform, a 1,100-space onsite parking garage, and a new point of access off of Ten Rod Road (Route 102). Amtrak will provide $7 million of track and signal work to support the Station. The Wickford Junction Train Station and parking garage is currently slated for completion at the end of September 2011.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wickford Junction Groundbreaking Scheduled

Wickford Junction Train Station Groundbreaking Scheduled for August 18. Please see:

Exit closure change

Schedule change: Rte. 99 SB, access to and from Sayles Hill Rd. may be closed Monday and Tuesday nights. Follow signed detour.

Friday, August 13, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for August 14-20, 2010 is now available at:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for August 7-13, 2010 is now available at:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

RIDOT Announces Keynote Speaker for Mission: Safety 2010 Conference in Newport, RI

RIDOT Announces Mission: Safety 2010 Keynote Conference Speaker. Please See:

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