Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for July 30-August 5, 2011, is available at

Monday is Bike Safety Day

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Office on Highway Safety (OHS) will be joined by Governor Lincoln Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to welcome nearly 800 youngsters to Bike Safety Day. The event will be held on Monday, August 1, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. (Rain date is Wednesday, August 3, 2011.)

The event is a great opportunity for children who use bicycles, skateboards inline skates or scooters to learn about the rules of the road from local and state law enforcement professionals. Participants from city and town summer recreation programs, ranging in age from 6 to 14, will receive a free bike helmet properly fitted to them, as well as reflective arm and wrist bands to wear while riding their bicycles. They will also have the opportunity to learn to navigate obstacles in one of three bike safety courses.

Participants will meet Cranston K-9 “Bosco” and the Rhode Island Search and Rescue K-9 Team, “Maxwell and Gemma.” Cranston Police Department School Resource Officer Matthew Davis will also conduct bicycle safety courses throughout the day.

As a special component, guests will also be treated to a bike safety demonstration from 11 a.m. to noon by professional BMX rider and World and National Pro Flatland Champion Chris Poulos.

In addition to RIDOT, Bike Safety Day is sponsored by RIDEM, UnitedHealthcare, AAA of Southern New England, CVS Corporation, and the Brain Injury Association of R.I., Inc.

Participating summer recreation programs include: Bristol Parks and Recreation; Burrillville Extended Care; Cumberland Recreation Department; East Providence Parks and Recreation; North Kingstown Boy Scouts; West Elmwood Housing Development (Providence); the John Hope Settlement House (Providence); and South Kingstown Parks and Recreation.


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

Weekend road closure

Reminder: Old I-195 demolition to close service road in Providence on Saturday. Please see .

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Ribbon-cutting of the 3rd Phase of the William C. O'Neill Bike Path took place yesterday. See our flicker set :

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

RIDOT Reopens Wilbur Road Bridge Over Route 146 in Lincoln

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has reopened the Wilbur Road Bridge over Route 146 in Lincoln. The bridge had been closed since August 26, 2010 as part of a project to resurface a portion of Route 146, replace the bridge deck, and increase the overhead clearance over Route 146.

“We were committed to opening the bridge before the start of the school year, and we have honored that commitment,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “We especially want to thank the community for their patience during this closure, and are pleased that the motoring public and the school system buses will no longer have to detour around the bridge.”

In Spring 2010, RIDOT began construction on Route 146 from south of the Sherman Avenue exit to just north of the Route 116 interchange. The resurfacing portion of the $8.2 million project - funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - concluded last year, with a final pavement layer placed earlier this Summer. The entire project is slated for completion by the end of this Summer. Lewis added a special thanks to the contractor, D’Ambra Construction, for a job well done.

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

Governor Chafee, RIDOT open next segment of the William C. O'Neill (South County) Bike Path

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) this afternoon opened the newest segment of the William C. O’Neill (South County) Bike Path following a ribbon cutting ceremony on the bikeway.

The new 0.8-mile path connects to the existing bike path which RIDOT built in the late 1990s and early 2000s from Kingston Station off Route 138 in West Kingston to Route 108 opposite MacArthur Boulevard in Wakefield. The new segment will bring riders into Narragansett, ending at Mumford Road. The entire path is 7.8 miles long, and stands as the fourth-longest bike path in Rhode Island.

Please see for more information.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

RIDOT lowering weight limit on Ten Mile River Bridges to 3 tons.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Portion of I-95 in South County to be Temporarily Closed During Early Morning Hours

A portion of I-95 in South County will be closed during the early morning hours on Thursday, July 28, for utility work. Please see for more information.
Governor Chafee, RIDOT to open next segment of
the William C. O'Neill (South County) Bike Path.
Please see:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for July 23-29, 2011, is available at

Friday, July 15, 2011

RIDOT Traffic Forecast for July 16-22, 2011.
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Old I-195 demolition to affect service road adjacent to Providence River.
Please see:

Friday, July 8, 2011

RIDOT Traffic Forecast for July 9-15, 2011.
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Check out updated construction photos of the Sakonnet River Bridge in our
photostream on flickr:

Friday, July 1, 2011

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for July 2-8, 2011.
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Current Traffic Incidents

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