PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Transportation will have 77 active projects in the 2019 construction season with a combined construction value of $715.6 million, the department announced Friday.
RIDOT ceremonially began the 2019 construction season at the Interstate 295 bridges over Plainfield Pike on the Johnston and Cranston line, the site of a $22.6 million bridge repair project to be conducted this season.
RIDOT said the 77 projects include bridge repair, replacement and preservation activities on 177 bridges statewide under Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s RhodeWorks program.
“We have another banner year for construction, with hundreds of millions of dollars of construction underway and scores of new, well-paying jobs rebuilding Rhode Island,” Raimondo said in a statement. “We’re delivering on the promises in RhodeWorks to pull us out of the bottom of lists that talk about poor roads and bridges and move us toward a day when we’ll rank among the top states in the country with a well-maintained transportation system.”
RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin III said this year will be one of the busiest construction seasons ever for the DOT, along with last year.
“We have more construction happening on our roads and bridges than at any time in RIDOT’s history, and people are seeing the improvements, the strides we are making,” stated RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. “This 2019 construction season will be another major down payment on our comeback story to deliver a safe, high-quality transportation system.”