Oversight committee opens hearings on Washington Bridge closure

PETER ALVITI JR., center, director of the R.I. Department of Transportation; Joseph Almond, right, senior deputy chief of staff for the McKee administration; and Jeffrey Klein, director of structural engineering for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., answer questions Monday from a joint House and Senate oversight committee created in the wake of the failure of the Washington Bridge. / PBN SCREENSHOT VIA CAPITOL TV

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers on Monday questioned R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. on the state’s ongoing response to the failure of the Washington Bridge. Alviti told lawmakers the December incident, which involved closing the westbound lanes of Interstate 195 across the bridge after engineers found “a critical failure” of some of the bridge’s

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