Is the state doing enough to combat its growing inventory of crumbling roads and bridges, and add to its construction sector workforce?

ROCKY ROADS:: Originally installed as a temporary fix 15 years ago, the braces under the connector for routes 6 and 10 in Providence have deteriorated to the point where they need to be replaced. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
ROCKY ROADS: The need for significant work on many of the state's roads and bridges is obvious, as this view of one of the bridges in the 6-10 Connector in Providence shows. The question is, is what is being doen so far to fix the problem while providing a large enough boost to the state's construction sector employment? / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
While the Ocean State continues to rank highly in the nation for year-over-year growth in construction industry employment, it is still far behind its 2007 peak, when 23,400 people were employed in the sector. With its 12.7 percent year-over-year increase in construction jobs, Rhode Island now has 20,400 people who make their living in construction.…

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