About Us

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, 1,154 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 (Designee)

Director Peter AlvitiPeter Alviti, Jr. joined RIDOT as its Director-Designee in 2015, serving as chief steward of the state's $400 million surface transportation program.

Director Alviti brings an extensive background in engineering and public works administration to RIDOT. He most recently served as Director of Programs for the Laborers International Union of North America - New England Laborers' Health and Safety Fund. Previously, Alviti worked as Director of Public Works for the City of Cranston. While there, he was the lead negotiator on a 25-year Wastewater Facilities Privatization Lease and Service Agreement that saved taxpayers $35 million and provided long-term fee stabilization.

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His career history includes experience in civil and environmental engineering, and as principal owner of Hudson Place Associates of Warwick, which performed engineering services for various residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Director Alviti is a registered professional engineer in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Technology from Roger Williams University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

As RIDOT Director, he serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation and a board member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, the State Planning Council, the State Traffic Commission, and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Northeast Corridor Commission (NEC).

Diane Bestwick
Assistant to the Director
Phone: (401) 222-2481 Ext. 4001