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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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Project Management

Chief Engineer

Kazem Farhoumand, P.E.
401-222-2492, ext. 4100

The Chief Engineer administers the Project Management Division, which consists of the Design Section, including Road, Bridge and Traffic Units, the Construction Management Section, Materials, Environmental and Landscaping, and Research & Technology.


Robert Smith, P.E.
Acting Deputy Chief Engineer
401-222-2023, ext. 4023

The Design Section is responsible for the preparation of engineering plans, specifications and estimates for the construction and reconstruction of Rhode Island’s state-owned and maintained highways, bridges, traffic signal systems and bicycle and pedestrian paths. This work also involves coordination with Rhode Island's 39 cites and towns, and various citizen advocacy groups.

The Design Section coordinates with various Federal agencies, notably the Federal Highway Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This section is also responsible for the review of Utility Permits, Land Sale Requests and Physical Alteration Permit Applications (PAPA).

Road Design
Vincent Palumbo, P.E.
Acting Managing Engineer
401-222-2023, ext. 4049

Bridge Design
David Fish, P.E.
Managing Engineer
401-222-2053, ext. 4022

Bridge Inspection, within Bridge Design, is responsible for the federally mandated biennial inspection program, and other specialized programs including those for scour and fracture-critical structures, and the development of a Bridge Management System.

Traffic Design
Robert Rocchio, P.E.
Managing Engineer
401-222-2694, ext. 4206

Materials & Research

Colin A. Franco, P.E.
Associate Chief Engineer
RIDOT Materials & Research

Mark Felag, P.E.
Managing Engineer

The objective of RIDOT's Materials and Research Section is to assure quality materials are designed properly and that the materials provided meet specifications upon incorporation into all highway and bridge construction and maintenance projects, to administer the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Research and Pavement Preservation efforts and perform forensic testing when needed, to provide information on current and emerging technologies related to the transportation field in the areas of research and testing, products and processes, pavement preservation and geotechnical engineering and to advance the state of knowledge in these areas within the guidelines set forth by the department and the Federal Highway Administration.

Construction Management

Frank Corrao III, P.E.
Deputy Chief Engineer
401-222-2468, ext. 4202
RIDOT Construction Management

Construction contract administration is the responsibility of this section. Most contracts are for the construction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges. These vary from pavement crack sealing to the relocation of a major Interstate and the construction of new limited access facilities.

Furthermore, this Department’s construction contracts have become more diverse in recent years. The Construction Management Section is currently administering contracts for the establishment of the freight rail line to remove freight trains from the Amtrak commuter tracks.

This section is also currently overseeing the construction and restoration of numerous buildings such as salt storage sheds, transfer stations, intermodal transportation facilities, as well as the restoration of old train stations.

The Construction Management Section is also working on bike paths and linear parks. Another major concentration of contracts is for the construction

Chief Civil Engineers (401) 222-2468

  • George Ley, P.E., ext. 4549
  • Norman Marzano, P.E., ext. 4312
  • Jay Silva, P.E., ext. 4316


V. Kathy Cheteyan
401 222-2815, ext. 4350
RIDOT Survey Section

The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Survey Section is to provide program management, assistance, services, and systems for statewide surveying efforts.

Environmental and Capital Projects

Peter Healey
401 222-6940

RIDOT Environmental efforts

401-222-2023, ext. 4090