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R.I., our nation at a crossroads

AASHTO

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

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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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RIDOT Quick Facts


Funding Sources:
(In Millions of Dollars)

State (Gas Tax):* $91.8
State (Bonds): $49
Federal: $248
Total: $388.8
* 21.75 cents of 33-cent gas tax
allocated to RIDOT

Miles of Roadway:

State owned: 1,102
Owned by others: 5,421
Total: 6,523

Number of Bridges:
(Classified in the National Bridge Inventory)

State owned: 611
Owned by others: 152
Total: 763

Bridge Statistics:

Structurally Deficient: 163
Functionally Obsolete: 221
Posted Bridges: 95
Closed Bridges: 12

Number of Employees:

Total FTEs: 772

Seat Belt Usage:

Rhode Island: 78%
National: 86%

Fatalities:

Total (2012): 66
Alcohol-related: 24
Speed-related: 19
Pedestrian: 14

Transportation Management Center Resources:

Traffic Cameras: 131
Message boards (fixed): 17
Message boards (portable): 20
Highway Advisory Radion Towers: 13

About RIDOT

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is responsible for a diverse transportation system of more than 1,100 miles of roads and approximately 800 bridges that provides a variety of convenient, cost-effective mobility opportunities for people and the movement of goods to support economic development and improved quality of life.

This safe, efficient, environmentally, aesthetically and culturally sensitive intermodal transportation network is managed and maintained by a dedicated staff of 780 professionals. The Department is continually striving to improve its operations. This effort encompasses a wide range of efforts that increase efficiencies, ensure high quality on completed projects, save money and improve motorist safety.

RIDOT is proud of its many accomplishments that not only maintain the current system of roads and bridges, but to enhance its transportation system. In just the past few years, the Department has taken the lead on nearly $1 billion in investment in new infrastructure including:

  • Relocation of a major highway interchange in the capital city of Providence through the Iway project.
  • Extension of commuter rail service to the InterLink, an intermodal facility connecting planes, trains, buses and rental cars at T.F. Green State Airport, and Wickford Junction Station.
  • Construction of a 22-mile freight corridor and a new four-mile limited access highway to the Quonset Business Park – the state’s largest and rapidly growing port and industrial park.
  • Reconstruction of major bridges including the Washington Bridge in Providence, and the Sakonnet River Bridge in Portsmouth and Tiverton.
  • A sustained annual capital program of approximately $230 million to rehabilitate and improve roads, bridges, sidewalks, traffic signals, and bike paths.

RIDOT Mission Statement

The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is to provide, maintain and secure an intermodal transportation network that increases the mobility opportunities for the movement of people and goods with the goals of enabling economic development and improving quality of life.

RIDOT Vision Statement

RIDOT will be viewed as a responsive, innovative, performance-based steward of the Rhode Island transportation system, adding value to all stakeholders.

RIDOT's Goals

RIDOT seeks to implement its mission through policy and action,
with particular emphasis on the following goals:

  • Promote mobility for people and goods through a balanced, multi-modal transportation system.
  • Direct investment and development to existing communities, urban concentrations, and designated economic growth areas.
  • Develop methods for assessing the fiscal impact and cost-benefit analysis of development for use by both state and local governments when considering infrastructure investments and land-use policies.
  • Encourage redevelopment and improve livability of existing communities and urban areas; and guide new employment to under-used commercial and industrial sites.
  • Obtain sufficient state funding within a dedicated Transportation Trust Fund.
  • Attain and then maintain an appropriate level of system preservation or service to our customers.
  • Look for and participate in opportunities for public/private cost sharing projects.
  • Deliver operating systems, services, programs, and projects in the most cost-effective manner possible.
  • Make public participation and a customer service focus, integral parts of the development of RIDOT programs, projects, and services.
  • Make media awareness and public participation a focus that is integrated with RIDOT's programs, projects and services via the Communications, Community Affairs, and the Transportation Management Center.
  • Provide employees with opportunities to enhance their level of preparedness and performance so they can do the best job possible in the duties they are assigned.