Monday, August 29, 2011

RIDOT to perform crack sealing on the East Bay Bike Path.
Please see: http://lnk.ms/THQR1

Sunday, August 28, 2011

RIDOT urges caution for morning commute

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging residents to take caution when driving through the after-effects of Hurricane Irene. Although the storm has passed, there is still debris in the road, and a significant number of traffic signals are offline statewide because of power outages. This is in addition to reported outages at signals maintained by cities and towns.

RIDOT Maintenance crews will be working through the night to repair traffic signals that are operational but need to be reset, and will continue to check other signals as power is restored to affected areas.

Commuters should give themselves extra time to get to work in the morning, as delays are expected along several roadways. RIDOT will be working with State and local police to have officers at major intersections, but motorists who approach a signal without power where no police officer is present should treat it as a four-way stop. Drivers approaching the intersection should yield to vehicles that have already started to proceed, and motorists should always yield to the right when two vehicles arrive at the same time.

“This is not going to be a normal morning commute,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We are asking drivers to be patient and courteous as we work to bring these signals back online.”

Anyone 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 (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Bryan Lucier 401-222-1362 x4012

Friday, August 26, 2011

Preparing for heavy rain and wind associated with #Irene, RIDOT is securing construction sites and clearing drainage “hot spots”.
Plan ahead for #Irene. RIDOT wants to remind motorists that they should conclude travel before storm starts. Tips: http://t.co/n3G2O7n
RIDOT is prepping for #Irene, drivers should too.
Fill up your tank before the storm.
Tips: http://t.co/43pHYcp

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene

RIDOT is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Please visit http://t.co/hsych2q for more information on the storm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

RIDOT to enhance highway safety with installation of reflective markers

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has begun installation of a series of safety reflective markers that will make nighttime driving easier and safer. Known as roadside delineators, the markers will be installed along mostly highways through a $1.5 million contract with RoadSafe Traffic Systems, Inc. of Avon, Mass.

Along straightaway sections of highways, the markers will be placed on both sides of the road to complement pavement markings and better define the edges of the roadway. Along curves and exits, their spacing will be tighter, providing another visual cue of a change in road direction.

Some of these markers will be mounted on small posts and others will be mounted on top of existing concrete barriers. The work is expected to conclude in late Fall 2011.

“These improvements will go a long way toward improving visibility and safety for drivers,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Once they are installed, the light cast from each vehicle’s headlamps will light up these reflectors and provide a clearer guide to the road ahead.”

The new markers also will help improve visibility during adverse weather.

Highway segments in this contract include:

Interstate Highways

• I-95 from Exit 8 to the Massachusetts state line

• I-195

• I-295

Other Highways & Bridges

• Route 4

• Route 6 (from Route 10 in Providence to the Connecticut state line, including Hartford Avenue and Danielson Pike)

• Route 6/10 Connector

• Route 10

• Route 24

• Route 37

• Route 78

• Route 99

• Route 114 (East Shore Expressway in East Providence)

• Route 138 (from Route 1 in North Kingstown to after the Pell Bridge in Newport)

• Route 146

• Route 403

• Airport Connector in Warwick

• Henderson Bridge in Providence and East Providence

The contract with RoadSafe Traffic Systems involves installation of other reflective markers to highlight potential roadside hazards, such as guardrail ends, bridge piers or other fixed objects. Additionally, RIDOT will install updated mile markers along Routes 4, 6, 10 (including the Route 6/10 Connector), 78, 99 and 403. Last year, RIDOT updated mile markers along Interstate highways in Rhode Island.

Anyone 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 (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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

Monday, August 22, 2011

Governor Chafee, RIDOT, announce Federal transportation grant award

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded $1.6 million in grants to Rhode Island for a series of road and bridge projects. The grants are among a nationwide distribution of funds which RIDOT applied for earlier this summer.

The grants include:

• $847,860 for projects related to transit-oriented development in the area of the train station at the InterLink facility at T.F. Green State Airport.

• A waiver of the customary 20 percent state match (valued at approximately $600,000) for replacement of the East Shore Expressway Bridge in East Providence.

• $350,000 for replacement of three structurally deficient bridges in and near the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter.

• $250,260 for training to help disadvantaged business enterprises prepare to compete for Federal highway contracts.

• $225,000 to provide additional training to help individuals prepare for careers in highway construction.

“I believe that one of the most valuable investments our state can make is in our infrastructure,” Governor Chafee said. “These federal grants will help Rhode Island plan for the future, in addition to strengthening our infrastructure-related construction economy. I am particularly pleased that a significant portion of the funds will go toward further developing Warwick’s Station District. As Mayor and U.S. Senator, I fought to make the InterLink project a reality and I look forward to seeing the advancements and improvements these funds will enable.”

The largest of the grants for projects near the T.F. Green Station is provided under FHWA’s Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program. The funds will be used to advance and implement the Warwick Station Development District Master Plan developed by the City of Warwick. The Plan is expected to guide approximately 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development. It envisions a highly-visible, mixed-use, transit-oriented growth center within walking distance of a full range of transportation and live/work options. The City is seeking to capitalize on the public investment in multimodal transportation infrastructure by promoting high-value, mixed-use development to attract visitors and business people who use the station and airport while providing a center of opportunity for new development.

“Having well-developed streets and sidewalks is a key component of integrating the InterLink into the City of Warwick and supporting the District for future development,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The end result is a better connection between the City, the Airport, the InterLink and the T.F. Green commuter rail station.”

“We are grateful to the Federal Highway Administration for recognizing how important this project is to the economic vitality and growth of the city and the state as a whole,” said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian. “These funds will help us to move forward more quickly with construction on critical pedestrian and safety infrastructure improvements, allowing us to market and develop the District earlier than we had originally projected.”

RIDOT’s relief of the 20 percent state match for the East Shore Expressway Bridge was received under the FHWA’s Highways for Life program. This bridge, which carries traffic from I-195 East onto Exit 7 (Route 114) and over Warren Avenue in East Providence, was built in 1959 and is considered structurally deficient. In May, RIDOT posted a 17-ton weight limit on this bridge. The route is the primary access route to the East Bay area of Rhode Island.

The replacement of the East Shore Expressway Bridge will be done using accelerated bridge construction methods which will substantially shorten construction time. As currently proposed, components of the replacement bridge would be built off site and moved into position using self-propelled modular transporters. These devices were used on the Iway project, chiefly for moving the new Providence River Bridge from its assembly site at the Quonset Business Park to barges waiting to transport it to Providence in 2006.

The rehabilitation of three bridges in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter falls under FHWA’s Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program. They include the Breakheart Brook Bridge, the Frosty Hollow Road Bridge and Midway Bridge. These small-span timber decked bridges are structurally deficient. They also will be built using accelerated bridge construction methods to complete the bridge replacement projects much faster as compared with conventional construction methods.

The two training grants are funded by the FHWA Civil Rights office. They will support the Department’s efforts to aid minority-owned businesses through its Mission 360 program for disadvantaged business enterprises and its workforce development and on-the-job training programs.

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

I-95 Exits to Close Overnight for Resurfacing Beginning Next Week

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that several exits along I-95 that provide access to Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich and West Warwick will experience overnight closures for resurfacing operations beginning next week.

The work, part of a $7.5 million contract with J.H. Lynch to resurface 6.6 miles of I-95 in southern Rhode Island, will take place Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through October. The project will affect Exits 6, 6A, 7 and 8 on both I-95 Northbound and Southbound, including on- and off-ramps. Drivers should expect rough surfaces due to milled pavement.

This is the third contract for resurfacing on I-95 in southern Rhode Island in the past two years.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change. For a specific list of dates and times these exits will be closed, please visit the RIDOT Travel Advisories website at http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

Those 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 (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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Contact: Bryan Lucier (401) 222-1362 x. 4012

Colebrook Road to Temporarily Close During Daytime Hours for Paving

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will close a small section of Colebrook Road in Little Compton over three days next week for resurfacing.

The 0.4 mile stretch of road, which runs between Old Stone Church Road and Route 179 (Stone Church Road), will be closed for a paving operation beginning at noon on Monday, August 22, 2011, and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. At the end of each day, the road will be reopened to traffic.

Cardi Corporation is performing the work through a $1.4 million contract to resurface 1.8 miles of Colebrook Road from Long Highway to Main Street, including some side streets.

RIDOT has established a signed detour route for this closure using Old Stone Church Road and Stone Church Road. Local access will be available to residents who live along John Dyer Road.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

Those 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 (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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Contact: Bryan Lucier (401) 222-1362 x. 4012

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RIDOT offers Media a glimpse into "Wet Lab" training.
Please see: http://1.usa.gov/qdWXZF

Friday, August 12, 2011

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for August 13-19, 2011,
is available at: http://t.co/HwlBuVZ
RIDOT to begin Hope Street improvement project.
Please see: http://t.co/Va8DXcV

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for August 6-12, 2011, is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHHW.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

RIDOT to Reopen Union Avenue Bridge

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced that the Union Avenue Bridge that carries Union Avenue over Route 10 in the City of Providence is scheduled to reopen to traffic in time for the morning commute on Friday, August 5, 2011.

“We are pleased to reopen this bridge to traffic,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “With its reopening, we are now reconnecting Providence’s West End and Silver Lake neighborhoods, as well as the cities of Providence and Cranston.”

The Union Avenue Bridge, closed in June 2010 due to its structural deterioration, was originally built in 1958 and carried Union Avenue over Route 10 in Providence. The new Union Avenue Bridge features two steel spans with an exposed concrete deck. It has four, 12 foot travel lanes (two in each direction) with two 5.9 foot sidewalks and a 4 foot raised median. As part of the project, RIDOT also rebuilt the ramps on Union Avenue which connect to the new bridge.

Lewis praised the surrounding communities of Providence and Cranston as well as the General Assembly for their patience and support during the bridge’s closure.

Through an $8.1 million contract with Aetna Bridge of Pawtucket, the remaining work for the Union Avenue Bridge Replacement Project including drainage improvements, new curbing and pavement on Route 10 near the Bridge, as well as improvements to Cranston Street should be completed by the end of the year.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Reminder: Portion of I-95 in South County to Temporarily Close During Early Morning Hours

Reminder: Portion of I-95 in South County to temporarily close during early morning hours. Please see http://1.usa.gov/rkBzCM.

Safety Improvements to Orms Street Bridge to Include Partial Closure of Park Street

As part of upcoming safety improvements to the Orms Street Bridge, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be closing approximately 350 feet of Park Street from the State Office Access Road to its northerly terminus at Orms Street. The closure, scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 is anticipated to last throughout the duration of the project, currently slated for completion in August 2013. The Orms Street Bridge, dating back to 1964, carries Orms Street over I-95 at Exit 23 in Providence.

All traffic wishing to access Douglas Avenue or Orms Street via Park Street should instead head east on Smith Street (toward Canal Street) and take a left onto Charles Street, and a second left onto Orms Street. Motorists will still be able to enter the State employees’ parking lots behind the Departments of Administration, Transportation and Health, but when exiting the complex via State Street, they can follow the same detour. The Orms Street/Park Street traffic signal will be covered and inoperative during this period. The eastern sidewalk on Park Street will remain open during all phases of construction. The western sidewalk will be closed during construction of the south side of the Orms Street Bridge.

The Orms Street Bridge Safety Improvement Project involves full bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation of the remaining structure, installation of new pedestrian fencing, installation of new roadway joints, sidewalk replacement, and preparing and repainting existing structural steel. Due to the nature of these activities, the project does involve future overnight lane and exit closures that will be announced as the project progresses.

Through a $4.6 million contract with Cardi Corporation, the project also includes roadway improvements to Orms Street, such as resurfacing, resetting of granite curb, installation of signing and pavement markings, and the installation of video detection equipment at the traffic signals. This equipment will replace the current loop detectors and will help to better manage traffic flow.

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

Monday, August 1, 2011

Travel Time Information Available on I-95 South

Travel time information now available on I-95 South. Please see http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=14408 for more information.

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