Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund en Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls <p>A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.</p><p></p><p>The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:07:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 33207 at Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding <p>The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund</p><p>The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:18:19 +0000 Catherine Welch 26197 at Rhode Island's Highway System Among the Worst in the Country <p>Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of spending per mile on its roads and bridges. Yet a new report says our highway system is the second worst in the country.&nbsp; The 20<sup>th</sup> annual Highway Report was published by the Reason Foundation, a Libertarian think tank.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s roads and bridges are ranked 49<sup>th</sup> in the nation – with one being the best, according to the Reason Foundation.&nbsp; Only Alaska has a worse highway system than the Ocean State, the group found.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:42:14 +0000 Flo Jonic 17827 at Rhode Island's Highway System Among the Worst in the Country Fund to Repair Roads and Create Jobs <p>Rhode Island cities and towns would have access to low-interest loans for road and bridge repairs under a bill unveiled Thursday by House Speaker Gordon Fox and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s being sold as a way to jump start the state’s sluggish construction trade.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:57:14 +0000 Flo Jonic 12374 at Fund to Repair Roads and Create Jobs