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RI News
10:47 am
Fri July 18, 2014

State Officials Tour Obsolete Bridge In Narragansett

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Rep. Jim Langevin and Rep. David Cicilline joined Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael Lewis to tour Narragansett’s Great Island Bridge, which RIDOT has rated “functionally obsolete” and in immediate need of replacement.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

This morning Gov. Lincoln Chafee and a few members of the Rhode Island delegation toured a bridge project in Narragansett. The tour showcased important infrastructure repairs the state may have to delay.

  The Great Island Bridge is the only connection between the Port of Galilee in Narragansett and Great Island. It’s also an important part of the community’s emergency evacuation route.

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Transportation
9:10 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Federal Funding For RI Transportation Projects May Soon Dry Up

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke at the Statehouse to discuss the dwindling Highway Trust Fund.
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The Federal Highway Trust Fund is struggling to stay afloat in the face of dwindling funds and partisan gridlock in Washington.  That means the federal government will delay reimbursing Rhode Island and other states for transportation projects starting August 1st.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said states will face a 28 percent drop in federal funding for road repairs, maintenance, and infrastructure developments.  Foxx met with the Rhode Island congressional delegation to discuss the challenge, and didn't mince words when he spoke at the Statehouse.

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The Bottom Line
3:55 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Bottom Line: RI Transportation Funding Faces An Uncertain Future

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis. They not only discuss why ridership is light on the commuter rail line south of Providence. Director Lewis also talks about the federal highway trust that’s expected to run dry by next year. It’s the state’s only source of transportation funding.

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Transportation
9:10 am
Tue November 5, 2013

AAA Study Finds Alarming Rates Of Drowsy Driving

A new study shows some 28 percent of drivers drive while extremely sleepy.
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Triple A is out with a study that should be a wake-up call for those who drive while drowsy.  The problem of sleepy driving is more prevalent than you might realize.

A study on sleepy driving commissioned by Triple ‘A’ finds that 28 percent of motorists reported being so tired in the past month they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.  Motorists between the ages of 19 and 24 were the most likely to report driving drowsy.  Elderly motorists and those between the ages of 16 and 18 were least likely to drive drowsy.

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RI News
8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works

The state is looking at ways to use the old east side train tunnel that has sat closed up for decades.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the head of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation are planning to inspect an abandoned train tunnel in Providence to see how it could be used in the future. The tunnel was built in 1906 connecting the Seekonk River to the Providence River.

Gov. Chafee said he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis said there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.

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RI News
8:42 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Rhode Island's Highway System Among the Worst in the Country

Rhode Island's highway system was ranked the second worst in the country according to a new report.
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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.  The 20th annual Highway Report was published by the Reason Foundation, a Libertarian think tank.

Rhode Island’s roads and bridges are ranked 49th in the nation – with one being the best, according to the Reason Foundation.  Only Alaska has a worse highway system than the Ocean State, the group found.

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RI News
8:27 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Cliff Walk Repairs Draw Surfer Ire

The state Department of Transportation wants to rebuild part of Newport's Cliff Walk.
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The Newport City Council will be reviewing a plan at Wednesday's meeting to rebuild the famed Cliff Walk damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. Many in the town are concerned about how a proposed plan could alter the ocean waves that give the historic Breakers mansion its name.

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