Rhode Island, like the rest of the country, is struggling to maintain its system of roads and bridges under very challenging financial constraints. Generally, the level of investment in infrastructure improvement has not kept pace with demand or the escalating costs of construction. With the opening of the new Sakonnet River Bridge this fall, RIDOT does not have the resources to properly maintain the structure.
As a means of preserving this vital state asset, RIDOT has explored the establishment of a tolling facility on this bridge. As part of this process, the Department submitted a Reevaluation Report on the bridge's Environmental Impact Statement to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which has been accepted. Click here to view the FHWA's Record of Decision in its entirety.
RIDOT on April 5 unveiled its new bridge preservation program that will address bridges in the I-95 corridor from Warwick to Providence.
The safety and preservation of the Rhode Island highway system is the top priority of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. RIDOT staff is involved in designing, constructing, inspecting and maintaining our bridge inventory, and is committed to ensuring these structures remain safe.
RIDOT has started work on the Providence Viaduct, which carries I-95 through the heart of Rhode Island's capital city. The Viaduct is a central artery in our state - and in our region.
New! RIDOT and RIPTA team up to offer free parking at select commuter rail stations and discount bus fare at commuter lots servicing Providence. Learn more!
RIDOT and its highway safety partners are grateful for the recent passage of bills that retain Rhode Island's primary seat belt law and keep our state moving in the right direction in reducing fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
The Iway (I-195 Relocation) Project is largely complete, but additional work remains to reconstruct city streets bisected by the highway corridor.
RIDOT is currently replacing the Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Seekonk River in Pawtucket.
RIDOT is working to replace the Sakonnet River Bridge, which carries Route 24 between Tiverton and Portsmouth. All traffic has been shifted to the new bridge, but work will continue on other elements of the project through 2013.