Raimondo announces plans to replace Route 6-10 connector, boulevard concept abandoned

PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza speaks at a press conference on Wednesday at the Statehouse about the reconstruction of the Route 6 and 10 interchange. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is seen on the right, next to R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza speaks at a press conference on Wednesday at the Statehouse about the reconstruction of the Route 6 and 10 interchange. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is seen on the right, next to R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
(Updated 3:28 and 3:59 p.m.) PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Wednesday she has directed the R.I. Department of Transportation to initiate replacement of the Route 6-10 connector, a series of nine bridges and elevated roadways that carry more than 100,000 vehicles daily. The decision, she said, was prompted by a determination from federal…

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  1. This is nothing but bull—loney!
    Accelerated 6/10 repairs translates to hurry up and spend the money and use it up before something else goes wrong or the feds come in to see what raimondo had planned for the
    usage of that money.
    It’s like asking the bank for 300,000 to buy a house when they see the value as maybe
    $150,000!
    The bank wouldn’t give you the money and neither did the federal government.
    But she fooled the taxpayers didn’t she?
    And she got the GA/Mattiello to pass Rhodeworks.
    She again uses her dire need-cry crisis/fear strategy over and over and over. She did it with the pension saying it was dire- that it was a calamity that we change it…and she got it passed.

    She used scare tactics/cry catastrophe again a second time, saying roads and bridges were in dire
    need -creating a much feared calamity-and she got Mattiello and PW to pass it..

    Her MO works again and again so we see it being used now with the 6-10 connector to save face about making the 6-10 connector one –with a park and a boulevard and all that crap.

    When the feds pulled out giving them no money, she or someone in her dept came
    up with the idea of making it a safety issue — her way out (Providence’s too, since
    they have no money for what they planned to do) esp. when she says in this article the
    state plans to spend $400 million from RhodeWorks to improve bridges, over the next few
    years to make urgent repairs to that area.

    “Article states: As a result, an envisioned boulevard concept for the 6/10 Connector is
    dead. Raimondo said she would have preferred more consideration of that concept, but
    said public safety has to come first.”

    Again, bull****loney!
    This was their way to look good and not have their sense of dignity or prestige compromised when they knew they couldn’t come up w/enough money to make a less than a mile long project into an infrastructure bank money making scam.