Friday, December 30, 2011

Between midnight and 3A.M. drunk driving takes a life every 23 minutes.
Don’t bring in the New Year by taking it away from someone else.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
RIDOT’s Traffic Forecast for December 31-January 6, 2012 is now available at: http://t.co/MTDDaXDn
200 people won’t make a New Year’s resolution Due to Drunk Driving; they won’t make it through the first day.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nearly 4 out of every 10 fatalities are due to drunk driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

RIDOT closing Ten Mile River Bridges early due to deterioration





The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will close the Ten Mile River Bridges by late afternoon tomorrow, Friday, December 30, 2011. The bridges carry North Broadway over the Ten Mile River and over a nearby small stream in East Providence.

The weight limit on the bridges was posted at 3 tons in July 2011, but the results of a recent inspection revealed deterioration significant enough to prompt RIDOT to close the spans. RIDOT is in the process of awarding a contract for the rehabilitation of these bridges, and was set to close them in late winter for this work. The bridges will remain closed for approximately two years.

"We regret the need to close these bridges ahead of schedule, but motorist safety must be our first concern," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "We will ensure that the new bridges are completed as expeditiously as possible."

The existing detour route for trucks will remain the same. Passenger vehicles will be able to use a shorter detour. All detour maps will be posted on RIDOT's website (www.dot.ri.gov). The detours are as follows:

North Broadway Detour (Cars Only)

Northbound

• Turn right onto Centre Street

• Turn left onto Pawtucket Avenue

• Turn left onto Newman Avenue

• Follow Newman Avenue, which becomes North Broadway

Southbound

• At the intersection of Newman Avenue and Pawtucket Avenue, follow Pawtucket Avenue southbound

• Turn right onto Centre Street and follow to intersection with North Broadway

North Broadway Detour (Trucks)

Northbound

• Bear left onto Roger Williams Way

• Turn right onto Pawtucket Avenue

• Turn right onto Newman Avenue

• Follow Newman Avenue, which becomes North Broadway

Southbound

• At the intersection of Newman Avenue and Pawtucket Avenue, follow Pawtucket Avenue southbound

• Turn right onto Taunton Avenue

• Turn right onto North Broadway

The work to close the bridges will be done by D'Ambra Construction of Warwick, who is the apparent low bidder for the $2.8 million rehabilitation project. RIDOT will completely replace the superstructure on both bridges.

Those 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 will be available on RIDOT's social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007
Pandora bracelet $100, DVD player $150, an Xbox 360 $175.
Having everyone make it home safely for the holidays, priceless.
RIDOT reminds you, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The cost of Drunk Driving=1440 injuries & 29 deaths each day.
RIDOT reminds you, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this New Year.
What's equivalent to 21 jumbo jet crashes? =11,000 lives lost each year due to impaired driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RIDOT to temporarily close portion of I-95 during overnight hours in Pawtucket.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will temporarily close portions of I-95 North and South in Pawtucket during the overnight hours on Wednesday, December 28, and Thursday, December 29. The temporary closure is necessary to erect the new beams that will carry northbound traffic on George Street. RIDOT is replacing the George Street Bridge as part of the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project.

Please see: http://1.usa.gov/sbqnUQ
37% of driving fatalities that occur in the holiday season are caused by Drunk Driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Friday, December 23, 2011

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast

RIDOT’s Traffic Forecast for December 24-30, 2011 is now available at: http://t.co/3ViPoTNV.
Saving a life is the best gift you can give this holiday season.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, the life you save could be your own.
Don’t be the reason why someone doesn’t make it home safely for the holidays. RIDOT reminds you, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

RIDOT Says Don't End Up On The Naughty List: Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is joining national efforts to encourage safe driving throughout the holiday season.

Law enforcement efforts across the country will focus on drinking and driving, and motorists can expect to see an increased police presence on the roads through the New Year celebrations. Nationwide in December 2009, 753 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes.

"Simple precautions such as designating a sober driver and buckling a seat belt can go a long way toward reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths that occur on the nation's roadways at this time of the year," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "The holidays are certainly a time to celebrate. We just ask that everyone does so safely."

Please see the full press release at: http://1.usa.gov/tm3sE2
Think money is tight now? Imagine doing your Christmas shopping with a $10,000 dent in your wallet resulting from a Drunk Driving arrest.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Governor, RIDOT expanding travel time information to include I-195

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today another expansion of a program designed to give real-time travel information to motorists on Rhode Island highways. This latest addition to the program includes all of I-195 from the Massachusetts line to the I-95 interchange.

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, December 22, 2011, RIDOT will use existing electronic message boards on I-195 to provide travel time estimates to the I-95 interchange as well as to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. The Department has been providing travel time estimates on I-95 in Rhode Island since August.

"I am pleased that the state will be further expanding the travel time information program to offer valuable information to our citizens as well as visitors to Rhode Island," Governor Chafee said.

Travel times are displayed to motorists on fixed overhead electronic message signs and on portable roadside electronic message signs from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. This information complements other travel planning services RIDOT has for motorists including 511, the Highway Advisory Radio (1630 AM) and live traffic cameras. RIDOT also recently added real-time travel estimates to its website at www.tmc.dot.ri.gov.

The travel times are calculated using sensors that were previously put into place to measure traffic volumes. The equipment measures the speed of traffic in real time as vehicles travel from one sensor to another, and determines an approximate travel time for each segment of road along the route.

"Due to high traffic volumes, the commute into Rhode Island on I-195 can be challenging," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "Now those who commute regularly from the East Bay area or Southeastern Massachusetts will have more information to help them with their drive to work or school."

RIDOT also recently expanded travel time information to include the weekends in acknowledgement of increased traffic through the holiday season. This special program runs through January 6, 2012.

Those 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 social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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

Friday, December 16, 2011

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for December 17-23, 2011
is available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHI8

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Weekapaug Bridge in Westerly Reopened to Traffic

New to RIDOT Travel Advisories: The Weekapaug Bridge on Atlantic Avenue in Westerly has reopened to traffic.

Friday, December 9, 2011

RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for December 10-16, 2011 is now available at: http://t.co/3ViPoTNV.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

RIDOT to Help Rhode Islanders in Need by Presenting $1,225 Check to RI Community Food Bank

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will help brighten the holidays for Rhode Islanders in need by presenting a check for $1,225 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank at 200 Niantic Avenue in Providence on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 11 a.m.

RIDOT's donation, equal to 3,675 pounds of food, or over 1 ½ tons, was raised through a staff fundraiser and bake-off held at the agency's main headquarters in Providence in early November. The bake-off was attended and judged by celebrity guests Johnson & Wales University, College of Culinary Arts Associate Instructor Frank Terranova and WJAR Channel 10's Weekend Sunrise Anchor and Reporter Mario Hilario.

On hand for Friday's check presentation will be RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and Rhode Island Community Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Andrew Schiff.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to people in need and promotes long-term solutions to the problem of hunger. Since 1982, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank has solicited, stored and distributed surplus food and grocery products to qualified member agency programs that serve Rhode Island's hungry. Millions of pounds of donated food and household products are distributed to the community through their network of more than 250 member agency food programs across Rhode Island.

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

Friday, December 2, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for December 3-9, 2011, is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHI8.

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