Director Williams to transition to head DOA over next several weeks
Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Jerome F. Williams will be transitioning to the directorship of the Department of Administration (DOA) over the next 6 to 8 weeks. Williams had been RIDOT’s Director since January 2007 and under his leadership RIDOT has had many accomplishments.
“I have been part of a dedicated team,” said Williams. “The people of DOT work hard in many cases day and night to ensure that Rhode Island’s transportation needs are met. I am going to miss being a part of the everyday activities here.”
There were many significant accomplishments by the entire team over the last 12 months. During Williams’ tenure he and the RIDOT group oversaw a reduction of federal receivables of $9.8 million in Fiscal Year 2007 from the previous fiscal year. This allows our Federal highway dollars to come into the state faster.
Less than 6 months after taking the position Williams and RIDOT not only eliminated its $5 million deficit, but ended the fiscal year with a gross surplus of $5.4 million and was able to completely pay off deficits from years prior totaling $4.7 million.
He and his team turned around a qualified audit opinion to an unqualified audit opinion and eliminated prior audit findings. He analyzed highway lighting expenses resulting in a credit from National Grid of $290,000. He also reduced overtime in 2007 vs. 2006 by $2.5 million.
On the Warwick Intermodal Train Station project he oversaw the value engineering analysis that resulted in a projected cost savings of $15 - $17 million. Value engineering conducted on the Sakonnet River Bridge also resulted in a project cost savings of $40 million.
“One of my original objectives was to use our limited resources wisely. These value engineering initiatives enable us to do so,” said Williams. “The funds saved on these projects can be utilized in the future on other critical infrastructure projects.”
All bridge inspections were brought up to date because of Williams’ leadership. Immediate action was also taken based on bridge inspections. For example, the Peace Dale Stone Arch Bridge was closed on August 1, 2007 due to deterioration. Detours were established, repairs were made, and the bridge reopened two weeks earlier than originally anticipated on October 6.
Williams and the RIDOT staff opened the second phase of the Northwest Bike Trail/Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway as well as opened the Blackstone River Bikeway. He also created a Customer Service Office providing a direct link to the customers RIDOT serves.
Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450