Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween doesn’t have to be a terrifying night. So be safe while driving. There’s nothing scarier than people driving drunk.
RIDOT wants to remind you: This Halloween be a vampire, or be a witch, but never be that person to get behind the wheel after drinking, no one likes that costume.

Traffic Advisory: Delays Expected on I-95 Tomorrow For Paving

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that motorists should expect delays along I-95 North in East Greenwich and West Greenwich tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1, for resurfacing operations.
The right shoulder and right lane on I-95 North will be closed from just south of Exit 6 (Route 3) to Exit 7 (New London Turnpike) beginning at 9 a.m. The on- and off-ramps for Exit 6 and Exit 6A also will be closed, one at a time, for brief periods. For more information, please see

Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for October 29 - November 4, 2011, is available at

Halloween Snows

White could be the new orange this Halloween weekend. Drive with care especially on snowy or slick roads. Plan ahead. Be safe. #Snowtober

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RIDOT enhancing highway safety on I-95 curves in Providence and Pawtucket

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started a project to increase motorist awareness of sharp curves at three locations on I-95 in Providence and Pawtucket. A recent study of these areas showed that improvements could be made to decrease crash rates.

Through a $256,000 contract with RoadSafe Traffic Systems, Inc., RIDOT will be installing numerous reflective signs and markers on I-95 North and South in the area of the Thurbers Avenue curve in Providence (near Exit 18), as well as at the Pawtucket “S” curve (near Exit 29) and the Lonsdale Avenue curve (near Exit 26) in Pawtucket. The work should be finished in mid-November.

One of the most visible improvements is the placement of the words “Curve Ahead” in each lane of the highway leading into each curve, both northbound and southbound. These reflective pavement markings will be complemented by reflective markers embedded in the driving surface, delineating the lanes of travel. Other reflective markers on posts, attached to the top of Jersey barriers and affixed to the side of others barriers, will further illuminate curves and show how the highway changes direction.

“I-95 is safe for travel at the posted speed limits,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “However, everyday speeds are sometimes higher in these curves and we anticipate these improvements will grab motorists’ attention and encourage them to slow down.”

In a study of crash data from 2007 through 2009 in this area, RIDOT found that out of an average of 286 crashes per year, 163 were found to be related to the sharp highway curves. A majority of the crashes involved passenger vehicles and most of the incidents involved a single vehicle. About 45 percent of the crashes on the Thurbers Avenue and Lonsdale Avenue curves occurred during rain or snow. On the Pawtucket “S” curve, the percentages are higher: 76 percent of crashes occurred on wet or snowy pavement and more than three-quarters of the crashes involved just one vehicle failing to navigate the curves safely.

The safety improvements on the I-95 curves are being done at the same time as a separate project to install reflective markers along many highways throughout Rhode Island. The markers, typically mounted on short posts and called roadside delineators, are being placed on both sides of the road to complement pavement markings and better define the edges of the roadway, especially during adverse weather. Along curves and exits, their spacing is tighter, providing another visual cue of a change in road direction. RIDOT expects this project to conclude later this fall.

Anyone with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information may 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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Utility work to close East Bay Bike Path in East Providence

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) wants to make cyclists and other users of the East Bay Bike Path aware of upcoming sewer construction by the City of East Providence. The work will require the closure of a 2.5-mile segment of the bikeway from the bike path parking lot on Veterans Memorial Parkway to Riverside Square in East Providence.
The path will be closed on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The affected area will be re-paved and is scheduled to reopen in early Spring 2012.

For more information visit

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for October 22-28, 2011, is available at

RIDOT, City of Pawtucket Break Ground For New Conant Street Railroad Bridge

This morning the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the City of Pawtucket held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Conant Street Railroad Bridge. The project will pave the way for future site improvements and economic development in this industrial area.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the City-owned Conant Street Railroad Bridge was buil...t in 1913 by the American Bridge Company of New York. The structure carries Conant Street over Amtrak and the Providence and Worcester (P&W) Railroads between Mineral Spring Avenue and Barton and Weeden Streets in Pawtucket. The existing bridge was closed to traffic in 1989 due to structural deterioration.

For more information, please see

Thursday, October 20, 2011

RIDOT, City to Break Ground on Conant Street Railroad Bridge in Pawtucket

Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael P. Lewis will join Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and other dignitaries on Friday, October 21, 2011 to break ground on the Conant Street Railroad Bridge Replacement Project. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on the Bridge in the City of Pawtucket.

The City-owned Conant Street Railroad Bridge was built in 1913 and carries Conant Street over Amtrak and Providence and Worcester (P&W) Railroad tracks. The bridge, closed since 1989 due to structural deterioration, is undergoing a complete replacement through a $4.3 million construction contract with Cardi Corporation.

RIDOT Director Michael Lewis will lead the event. Scheduled speakers include: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin; Mayor Donald Grebien; and John J. Partridge from the Pawtucket Foundation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

RIDOT Clarifies Transportation for America's Metropolitan Bridge Rankings

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is correcting a report released today by Transportation for America. The report lists an incorrect number of structurally deficient bridges for Rhode Island.

The number that “The State of Our Nation’s Busiest Bridges” uses for the Providence metro area also includes bridges in New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts. Statewide, Rhode Island has 155 bridges that are classified as structurally deficient. The report lists 212.

For more information on Rhode Island’s bridges, please visit the RIDOT website at

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Director Lewis named AASHTO VP

RIDOT Director Michael Lewis elected VP of the national transportation organization AASHTO. See:

Monday, October 17, 2011

RIDOT starting construction of steel arches on the Pawtucket River Bridge Project.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it has started construction of three steel arches for the first element of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
The arches are one of the most decorative elements of the new span. Using prefabricated sections of steel, RIDOT will assemble these arches quickly. In approximately two week’s time, the steel will completely span the Seekonk River. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.
Please see: for more info.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for October 15-21, 2011, is available at

Traffic Advisory: I-95 North Closure in Pawtucket to Take Place Early Monday Morning

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that a portion of I-95 North in Pawtucket will be closed during the early morning hours on Monday, October 17, to remove an overhead sign. Northbound lanes will be closed from midnight to 4 a.m. between Exit 27 (Downtown) and Exit 28 (School Street). The work was postponed from earlier this week.

Please see for more information.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Traffic Advisory: I-95 North closure postponed

RIDOT has postponed Wednesday morning's closure of I-95 North at the Pawtucket River Bridge. The overhead sign work is now tentatively scheduled for next week.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Portion of I-95 North in Pawtucket to close during early morning hours Wednesday

Portion of I-95 North in Pawtucket to close during early morning hours Wednesday. Please see .

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for October 8-14, 2011, is available at

Current Traffic Incidents

    follow me on Twitter