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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) designs, constructs, and maintains the state's surface transportation system. With a staff of more than 700 transportation professionals, RIDOT serves as the steward of a statewide multimodal transportation network, consisting of 3,300 lane miles of roadway, 1,162 bridges, five rail stations, and more than 60 miles of bike and pedestrian paths.

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Rhode Island is widely regarded as having one of the nation's most distinct and rich environments. Iconic images dotting the state's landscape such as sunset over Newport Bridge or winding roads along the more than 400 miles of coastline continue to be powerful drivers for tourism and sources of great pride for residents. Indeed, the intersection of Rhode Island's natural and built environments has always made it a rather special point on our national map.

One of the most crucial components of a healthy economy and quality of place is a sound transportation system. Throughout the country, centers of transportation have long been catalysts for economic growth and innovation. And in Rhode Island, given its geographic location, this infrastructure has emerged as one of the state's most important assets. Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state in the nation and a critical link in the movement of people and goods throughout the Northeast corridor. Interstate 95, as it passes through the capital city, is one of the most heavily trafficked stretches of interstate in the East today.

Peter Alviti, Jr. P.E.


Director Peter AlvitiPeter Alviti, Jr. became Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation in February 2015 with a mandate from Governor Gina Raimondo to plan, fund, and implement a strategic framework for rebuilding Rhode Island's infrastructure and to reorganize RIDOT to provide more cost effective project delivery. Rhode Island's bridges are the worst in the nation.

Within eight months, the new Director had put forth a 10-year transportation plan designed to systematically repair roads and bring the state's bridges into a state of good repair within ten years. The plan was a first for Rhode Island and made the state one of only three in the nation with such a plan.

Working with the Governor and the legislature, the Director created a landmark piece of legislation to ensure that a steady funding source would be available to rebuild Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure. RhodeWorks, as the measure is known, includes a commercial truck only tolling system and designates $4.7 billion over a ten-year period to finance road improvements, bridge replacement, massive transit developments, bike paths, and maintenance for the state's infrastructure. RhodeWorks is designed to create jobs and promote economic development.

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Simultaneously, Director Alviti began a comprehensive restructuring of the department of transportation. Key among these changes was the transition to a project management approach where managers are completely responsible for construction projects from design to completion and for ensuring that they are on time, under budget and within scope.

Under his leadership, RIDOT has made bold steps forward. The department finished the 2016 Federal Fiscal Year with $174 million worth of projects started and is on a trajectory to have $1 billion total out for bid by the end of fiscal 2017.

Prior to joining RIDOT, Alviti was Principal Owner of Hudson Place Associates, a consulting civil engineering services firm. He also served as Director of Programs for the Laborers International Union of North America and as Director of Public Works for the City of Cranston, Rhode Island.

He serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation and is a board member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, the State Planning Council, the State Traffic Commission, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, and the Northeast Corridor Commission (NEC).

A registered engineer in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, he holds a B.S. in Construction Technology from Roger Williams University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

Cynthia Parker
Director's Office
Phone: (401) 222-2481 Ext. 4003