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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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Transportation Support

David J. Sasso
401-222-6003, ext. 4630

Audits and Final Review


The primary function of Audits and Final review is to examine contract costs submitted by various entities, such as utility companies, engineering consultants, and municipalities. A computerized audit inventory tracking system is now used to facilitate tracking, scheduling, and evaluation of audit projects.

  • Final Review

    This office is responsible for the finalization of project record keeping. The unit also finalizes federal-aid projects, supervises the new combined road plan and is responsible for maintaining archives.

Real Estate

Acting Adminstrator for Real Estate
401-222-2411 4630

The objective of Real Estate Section is:

To acquire the necessary real estate in a timely manner consistent with the needs of the Department’s overall program,
To manage the Section’s right-of-way in a professional and cost effective manner,
To dispose of excess right-of-way in order to offset overall costs of the program,
To monitor outdoor advertising on State and Federal Aid Highways for compliance with State and Federal Laws,
To lease/license/permit State-owned property for telecommunication purposes (i.e., fiber optics and cellular towers) thereby generating revenue for future highway purposes,
To provide “asset protection” for all Department owned structures.

Real Estate is a multi-faceted section. The Acquisition Unit is responsible for the acquisition of land and easements required for the construction and reconstruction of the State Highway System in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration Guidelines and the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island. Its responsibilities include:

  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Review Appraisal
  • Property Negotiations
  • Relocation Assistance

Additionally, the Office has significant input into the review and comment process of highway location studies, draft of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), development of preliminary right of way costs and relocation estimates, contracting for title examinations, and, when necessary, handling the functional replacement of a “special use facility” located within the right of way.

Also a part of the Real Estate Section is the Property Management Unit. It is responsible for the orderly management and disposal of acquired structures and/or land. Responsibilities include:

  • Conveying (excess parcels);
  • Leasing/licensing (use of air space)
  • Grant of easements
  • Telecommunication issues (fiber optic/towers)
  • Outdoor advertising control (billboards, etc.)
  • Management and oversight of all RIDOTowned/controlled facilities

Fleet Operations


The Fleet Operations Unit’s primary function is to maintain and enhance the quality of the Department’s communications systems and fleet of vehicles, and to keep it in good, safe operating condition. The unit’s objective is to:

  • Continually monitor and review vehicle maintenance costs and records for improved vehicle history and analysis
  • Oversee and enforce maintenance on all vehicles every 2500 miles or three months, whichever comes first
  • Perform annual vehicle inspection
  • Improve efficiency in servicing of vehicles and communications equipment
  • Achieve efficient utilization of entire fleet

Health & Safety Program

401 222-6557

In accordance with Rhode Island General Law 28-20-10, the Occupational Safety & Health and Work Zone Safety Section administers the Department’s comprehensive occupational safety and health program. This program ensures Departmental compliance with all applicable occupational safety and health laws which are promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) as well as the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT).