The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it won an America's Transportation Award for its RhodeWorks infrastructure repair plan. The entry now goes into consideration for a national award.
RIDOT submitted its entry under the "Best Use of Technology and Innovation" large project category and was notified as an award recipient of the northeast regional America's Transportation Awards competition at this week's 2017 Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 10th Annual America's Transportation Awards are sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Providing one of the testimonials in support of RIDOT's entry, Governor Gina Raimondo said, "The adoption of RhodeWorks has fostered an atmosphere of continuous improvement, with 92 percent of projects operating on-time and on-budget. RhodeWorks has brought innovative solutions to Rhode Island's infrastructure crisis, and RIDOT is delivering the results the state needs."
RhodeWorks, which was signed into law by Governor Raimondo in 2016, represents RIDOT's $4.7 billion investment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs. Learn more at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.
America's Transportation Awards began in 2008 to recognize state DOTs and showcase projects that are designed to make their communities a better place to live, work and play. RIDOT submitted in all three categories. In addition to the winning entry, the Department submitted its Trains to Planes service to the annual Quonset Air Show under the "Operations Excellence" category, and its inaugural Providence to Newport Ferry service under the "Quality of Life/Community Development" category. More information on the awards and RIDOT's submissions can be found at https://americastransportationawards.org/.