bridge http://ripr.org en Raimondo Unveils State Infrastructure Improvement Plan http://ripr.org/post/raimondo-unveils-state-infrastructure-improvement-plan <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo unveiled a plan Monday to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. &nbsp;Raimondo touts her proposal as a way to bolster Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Raimondo toured an outdated bridge on the East Providence-Seekonk line to dramatize her call for improving Rhode Island’s infrastructure. Raimondo says putting more money into overhauling roads, bridges and school buildings will improve the state while also sparking its economy.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:15:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 30637 at http://ripr.org Raimondo Unveils State Infrastructure Improvement Plan Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org/post/efforts-continue-end-tolls-sakonnet-river-bridge <p>The House Finance Committee will take up legislation Tuesday centered on funding bridge repair and keeping tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. Lawmakers also want to hang on to the bridge's current ten-cent toll for a few more months.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:59:24 +0000 Catherine Welch 30635 at http://ripr.org Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge Family To File Wrongful Death Suit Againt RI Turnpike And Bridge Authority http://ripr.org/post/family-file-wrongful-death-suit-againt-ri-turnpike-and-bridge-authority <p>The families of two people who died in a head-on crash on the Pell Bridge will file a wrongful death suit today against the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and other state entities. The filing of the lawsuit comes on the second anniversary of the fatal crash.</p><p></p><p></p><p>On October 21, 2011 Kenny Prior and Kathy Meunier were driving across the Claiborne Pell Bridge when their vehicle was hit head-one by a car that crossed the median. Both died as a result of their injuries.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:51:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 23514 at http://ripr.org Family To File Wrongful Death Suit Againt RI Turnpike And Bridge Authority Newly Rebuilt Pawtucket River Bridge Re-dedicated http://ripr.org/post/newly-rebuilt-pawtucket-river-bridge-re-dedicated <p>The newly rebuilt Pawtucket River Bridge was re-dedicated Thursday.</p><p></p><p>The nearly 600-foot span connects Massachusetts and Rhode Island via Interstate 95.&nbsp; The original span, built in 1958, had become so rundown the bridge had to be closed to multi axle trucks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Truckers who used the bridge risked a three thousand dollar ticket. Governor Lincoln Chafee remembered those truckers in his prepared remarks.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:50:41 +0000 Flo Jonic 21247 at http://ripr.org Newly Rebuilt Pawtucket River Bridge Re-dedicated Worker Dies After Mt Hope Bridge Fall, OSHA Investigating http://ripr.org/post/worker-dies-after-mt-hope-bridge-fall-osha-investigating <p>A worker who fell from the Mt Hope Bridge Tuesday has died, according to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.</p><p>OSHA/Rhode Island director Patrick Griffin said a worker fell 30 feet while scaffolding was being removed after a painting job.&nbsp; The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it was 70 feet. He landed on the deck of the bridge.</p><p>The accident happened at around 8:30am Tuesday and was reported to OSHA at 9:00 am.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:53:04 +0000 Flo Jonic 18884 at http://ripr.org Worker Dies After Mt Hope Bridge Fall, OSHA Investigating RI Turnpike Authority: You Can't Bill Somebody for a Ten-Cent Toll http://ripr.org/post/ri-turnpike-authority-you-cant-bill-somebody-ten-cent-toll <p>The head of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it’s going to take some time to figure out how to collect tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge from drivers who don’t have an E-ZPass.</p><p>A toll gate will collect tolls electronically, with an extra fee tacked on for drivers who lack an E-ZPass and need a bill sent in the mail. But since the toll is now only a dime, Turnpike and Bridge Authority chairman David Darlington said they’ll have to find a cost-effective way to send those bills.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:12:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 17852 at http://ripr.org RI Turnpike Authority: You Can't Bill Somebody for a Ten-Cent Toll