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RIDOT to Invest More Than $90 Million in 2018 Paving Projects

Nearly 45 miles of resurfacing on sections of I-95 and many other state roads

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will pave more than 45 miles of roads throughout the state this year as part of Governor Raimondo's RhodeWorks program.

RIDOT will invest $80.8 million in 15 projects in 2018, which include about 15 miles of multi-lane highways in Pawtucket, Warwick, South Kingstown and Portsmouth. An additional $10 million will be spent on pavement preservation efforts on nearly 140 miles of roads in dozens of communities across the state.

"While many people associate RhodeWorks with our efforts to rebuild our bridges, it is much more than that," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. said. "It is a comprehensive, data-driven approach to rebuild our entire transportation infrastructure. This year we'll make a sizeable dent in repaving our roads."

RIDOT will make every effort to limit the impact to traffic but this work will require lane closures and cause travel delays. Initial operations involve milling the roadway. Motorists should expect a rough, textured surface until paving begins.

Work is underway on about one mile of I-95 in Pawtucket, in the area of Exits 29 and 30, from Walcott Street to Woodbine Street. This $5 million project will be done at night when traffic volumes are lowest, with evening and overnight lane closures and temporary ramp closures possible from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights through the end of June.

In mid-July, work will start on 6 miles of I-95 from Route 2 to Service Avenue in Warwick. This $8.8 million project will continue through mid-September. Like the I-95 paving work in Pawtucket, lane closures and temporary ramp closures will be scheduled during the overnight hours to reduce the impact on traffic.

In South County, work is underway on 4.7 miles of Route 1 from Succotash Road to the Charlestown town line in South Kingstown. Paving for this $7.1 million highway project will be done in early June and the entire project finishes in early fall, with lane closures possible weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Newport County, work is underway on 3.6 miles of Route 24, from Hummocks Avenue to West Main Road in Portsmouth. This $8.1 million highway paving project will be done in November, with lane closures possible both during weekday and overnight hours.

On non-highway roads, RIDOT will also pave about 30 miles on the following roads in 2018: View Full List Here

In addition to these projects, RIDOT has a robust pavement preservation program. This involves the use of treatments that will extend the service life of pavement and improve its rideability until a full repaving can be scheduled.

The Department will commit $10 million in pavement preservation in 2018. This includes crack sealing, chip sealing using a rubberized asphalt, and the use of a thin pavement overlay called paver placed elastomeric surface treatment. Highlights of the program include:

100 miles of crack sealing on roads in 23 communities: Barrington, Burrillville, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Lincoln, Middletown, North Smithfield, North Kingstown, Providence, Richmond, South Kingstown, Scituate, Warwick, Westerly, Woonsocket, and West Warwick.

26 miles of chip sealing on roads in 10 communities: Burrillville, Coventry, Cumberland, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Richmond, Scituate, and South Kingstown.

10 miles of thin overlay on roads in seven communities: Cumberland, East Providence, Jamestown, North Kingstown, North Smithfield, Scituate, and Warwick.

These paving projects are made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT's ongoing commitment 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

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  • Release date: 05-31-2018

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