A study commissioned by the state to gauge the economic impact of the RhodeWorks bridge and highway improvement plan reports it increases the state’s gross domestic product by $538 million and will create as many as 6,487 jobs.
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A new poll shows that the majority of Rhode Islanders think the state spends too little on road and bridge maintenance and that they also want the Pawtucket Red Sox to remain in Rhode Island, but they do not want to be taxed on either initiative.
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The R.I. Department of Transportation has reorganized its operations to reflect a project-management approach to public works, and will emphasize more cost-effective techniques to maintain roads and bridges, including through more in-house work.
The Providence-Warwick metropolitan area ranked 175th among the nation’s 381 metropolitan areas for its 1.5 percent economic growth in 2014, according to federal Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics released this week.