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Media Alert: RIDOT to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for Apponaug Circulator Project Next Week

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), along with federal, state and local officials, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Apponaug Circulator Project on Wednesday, August 27. The $29.9 million contract with Cardi Corporation will introduce five new modern roundabouts and other traffic safety enhancements to the village as well as realign roadways to relieve traffic congestion in the area.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Gorton's Pond Fishing Pier, 33 Veterans Memorial Drive, Warwick. Parking on site.

The road system in Apponaug was last altered in the 1970s. Traffic volumes have increased substantially, with approximately 24,500 vehicles passing through the village center each day. The project includes 1,100 feet of new road that will serve as a bypass for through traffic allowing the city to pursue long-range plans for redevelopment in the area.

The project will also convert five existing intersections into roundabouts. Studies show roundabouts experience 40 percent fewer crashes than traditional intersections, and 80 percent fewer accidents involving injury. Although they look similar to the old-style rotaries, roundabouts are smaller and designed to reduce speeds while also making it safer for merging traffic.

Contact: Rose Amoros (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450

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Department or agency: Department of Transportation

Online: http://www.dot.ri.gov

Release date: 08-21-2014

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