highways http://ripr.org en Pell Unveils State Infrastructure Plan http://ripr.org/post/pell-unveils-state-infrastructure-plan <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell says the infrastructure in Rhode Island is failing, and he wants to spend at least $200 million to fix it.</p><p>Pell released his transportation and infrastructure plan Thursday using the Providence train station as his backdrop.&nbsp; Pell says the station is a good example of a transportation hub in need of repairs.&nbsp; If elected, Pell says he would include a bond referendum in 2016 and 2018 to create a $200 million program to improve bridges, roads and highways.</p><p>He says other projects could be paid for with federal funding.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:37:53 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 34046 at http://ripr.org Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI http://ripr.org/post/shortage-road-salt-supplies-hits-ri <p>The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it’s running low on road salt for the highways. The news comes as another winter storm is expected to hit the state.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The department says it only has enough road salt for one more storm.&nbsp; That’s because this winter has not only been harsher than others, but because it has swept across a broader swath of the country. Most states in the northeast get their salt from the same sources, and with wicked weather blanketing the region, the regular suppliers are getting tapped out.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:39:31 +0000 John Bender 29286 at http://ripr.org Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI Rhode Island's Highway System Among the Worst in the Country http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islands-highway-system-among-worst-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 http://ripr.org Rhode Island's Highway System Among the Worst in the Country