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R.I., our nation at a crossroads


Click on the image above to check out a great infographic from the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) showing what's at stake for Rhode Island and our country if the national Highway Trust Fund runs out of money - as it is projected to do this fall.

RIDOT Wins Award for Pawtucket River Bridge!

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RIDOT's Pawtucket River Bridge earned an Honor Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects - one of the organization's most prestigious awards! Click here to read the judges' comments.

A Plan Toward Zero Deaths

Rhode Island's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a blueprint for moving Toward Zero Deaths, a national effort to cut traffic fatalities and serious injuries in half by 2030. Watch a video on TZD.

Txtng & Drivng It Can Wait

RIDOT and the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office have teamed up to bring AT&T's "Txtng & Drivng ... It Can Wait" awareness campaign to high schools throughout Rhode Island.

Race Data Report

Read the Northeastern University Institute on Race and Justice report on Rhode Island traffic stop statistics.

Accessible Pedestrian Signals

RIDOT is accepting applications for accessible pedestrian signals. Learn more.

City Centre Warwick


RIDOT and the Federal Highway Administration were proud to assist state and local agencies in the launch of City Centre Warwick, a new development district for the City of Warwick centered around T.F. Green Airport, the InterLink and our Commuter Rail station.

Parking Limited at Kingston Station

Parking at Kingston Station in South Kingstown is limited due to ongoing parking lot improvements through Spring 2014. South County Bike Path users may wish to choose an alternative parking lot, especially on weekdays when the train station is busiest.

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Planning & Finance

Robert Shawver, P.E.


Financial Management

Michael Abbruzzi, Associate Director

Financial Management maintains oversight and administration of the Department's total operating and highway expenditures, which averages approximately $330,000,000 annually. This unit is also responsible for coordinating the timely submission of the Department's annual operating and capital development budgets. This Division is also responsible for insuring that:

  • All activities of the Department are based on sound financial practices,
  • Federal funds and other reimbursements are sought on a timely basis,
  • Expenditures match the established programs of the Planning Division,
  • All contracts, purchase orders, change orders and other contract commitments comply with federal and state law and regulations.

The Division maintains oversight and administration of the Department's total operating and highway expenditures. The Assistant Director serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department, with oversight over all financial transactions. The CFO reports to the Deputy Director.

Grants Management
Assistant Administrator

Assistant Administrator
401-222-6590 Accounts Payable
Supervising Accountant

Accounts Receivable
Supervising Accountant

This section is responsible for all computer and communication needs. This includes ordering and maintaining an inventory for everything related to computer hardware, software and related supplies for the entire Department. The unit also maintains the timesheet system, and develops custom systems to meet the Department's needs. In addition, the unit maintains the Local Area Network (LAN), as well as the Wide Area Network (WAN) and the World Wide Web (WWW) servers. The procurement of telephone and data lines is also managed by this unit, in addition to supporting the definity audix telephone system and conversant. MIS has also begun the development of a central data repository through the integration of databases, layers of-information-for-DOT-maps. The Geographical Information System (GIS) is also managed by MIS, which is a computer based tool for mapping and integrating common database operations which produce a-unique-visualization-and-geographic-analysis-offered-by-maps.

Traffic Management

Paul R. Annarummo, P.E.
Managing Engineer
401-222-5826, ext. 4200

Transportation Management Center

The Traffic Management Section is composed of the Transportation Management Center (TMC) and the Traffic Research Section. Study and evaluation of data that is collected by statewide sensor arrays, of various types and functions, form the capability for prediction of congestion and detection of incidents. This is combined with the deployment of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices to disseminate comprehensive, real time, traffic advisories to the motoring public.

Traffic Research

Joseph Bucci, P.E.
Chief Civil Engineer
401-222-5826, ext. 4211

Traffic Research is responsible for maintaining and updating several of the Department’s primary database and information management systems. These systems are listed below:

The Electronic Accident Reporting System (EARS) – all annual crash data for the State of Rhode Island is electronically collected from state and local police, stored, processed and analyzed through this system.
The Pavement Management System (PMS) – through network pavement data collection efforts, the overall condition of the state maintained road network is tracked, updated and analyzed. The PMS generates an annual pavement rehabilitation / preservation program within the Department’s budget constraints. In addition to the pavement data, Traffic Research staff also collects a video log of
state highways that is widely used throughout the Department.
The Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) – the HPMS is a federally mandated program that provides an annual report to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as to the status of Rhode Island’s highway network. The HPMS is one of the primary tools used by FHWA to apportion funds to the States.
Traffic and Speed Monitoring – this database contains all current and historic vehicle volume, speed, classification, and weight data. This information is used to produce the annual Traffic and Truck Flow Maps.
In addition to the managing the above databases, the Traffic Research Section produces several federally mandated annual reports including the Truck Size and Weight Enforcement Plan, The Truck Size and Weight Certification, and the Certified Public Road Mileage.

Traffic Research is also involved in ITS deployment statewide through contracts for the design and installation of various types of vehicle detection devices such radar, acoustic, fiber optic, piezo-electric and other non-invasive technologies.

Transportation Management Center

Joseph Schall
TMC/Supervising Planning
401-222-5826, ext. 4230

The Transportation Management Center (TMC) serves as the nucleus of RhodeWays - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Program. The TMC mission is to enhance safety, mitigate congestion, improve incident response, mainstream ITS, make recommendations for transportation technologies, and seek innovative funding sources. TMC staff manages the facility's computer and communications technologies in coordination with institutional partners from both the public and private sector (media outreach, I-95 Corridor Coalition, 911 and Amber Alert , 511national traveler information system). ITS technologies in use include: electronic message signs, closed circuit video equipment, highway advisory radios, detection equipment, road weather information systems, traffic signalization systems , information exchange systems and other devices used to manage, monitor and control traffic.

Intermodal Planning

Stephen A. Devine
Chief Program Development

Intermodal Planning

The Intermodal Section develops and implements projects in the area of rail, water, and bicycle/pedestrian transportation. This section is responsible for developing an integrated transportation system that provides convenient connections between all modes of transportation. The Intermodal Section is also responsible for the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ), Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) and Transportation Enhancement programs. They also oversee the Rideshare and Fringe Parking programs.

Geographic Information System

Stephen Kut

Capital Projects