Working with the Governor and the legislature, the Director created a landmark piece of legislation to ensure that a steady funding source would be available to rebuild Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure. RhodeWorks, as the measure is known, designated $4.7 billion over the initial ten-year period to finance road improvements, bridge replacement, massive transit developments, stormwater improvements, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and maintenance of all state transportation assets. RhodeWorks is designed to create jobs and promote economic development.
Simultaneously with the creation of RhodeWorks, Director Alviti began a comprehensive restructuring of the department of transportation. Key among these changes was the transition to a best-practice project management approach where managers are completely responsible for construction projects from design to completion and for ensuring that they are on time, under budget and within scope. The Department went from having about 50 percent of its projects being on-time and on-budget to more than 90 percent being on time and on budget.
RIDOT also implemented a transparency and accountability portal that reports on every aspect of its project planning and execution and publishes quarterly reports that provide detailed accounting for every penny it spends and how well the Department is executing its projects.
Under Director Alviti's leadership, RIDOT received more than $719 million in competitive federal funding. These dollars allowed the Department to fund significant bridge reconstruction and replacement projects, including the Henderson Bridge, the Washington Bridge, the Providence Viaduct North, the Huntington Viaduct, and bridges along the Route 37 corridor.
Prior to joining RIDOT, Alviti was Principal Owner of Hudson Place Associates, a consulting civil engineering services firm. He also served as Director of Programs for the Laborers International Union of North America and as Director of Public Works for the City of Cranston, Rhode Island.
He serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and the Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation and is a board member of the State Planning Council, the State Traffic Commission, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, and the Northeast Corridor Commission (NEC).
A registered engineer in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, he holds a B.S. in Construction Technology from Roger Williams University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.
- Cynthia Parker
- Director's Office
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