In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today posted for public comment its Environmental Assessment (EA) for Toll Locations 3, 4 & 6 through 13 on I-95, I-195, I-295, US Route 6, and RI Route 146 in the towns of Warwick, Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, Johnston, Cumberland, East Providence, Lincoln, and North Smithfield, Rhode Island.
RIDOT solicits comments on the EA document by August 11, 2018. RIDOT will hold public hearings to receive public comment on the EA on July 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Toll Gate High School, 575 Centerville Rd., Warwick, RI 02886
Mount Pleasant High School, 434 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02908
Central Falls High School, 24 Summer St., Central Falls, RI 02863
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has acknowledged that the Environmental Assessment can be made available for public comments. Following the public comment period and once the comments are incorporated into the report, the FHWA will examine it further to determine if a full Environmental Impact Statement is warranted or the report results in a finding of no significant impact.
Each toll functions independently and is associated with the reconstruction or replacement of specific bridges in accordance with the Rhode Island Bridge Replacement, Reconstruction, and Maintenance Fund state law known as RhodeWorks and consistent with requirements set forth in 23 C.F.R 129.
The Environmental Assessment will be posted on the RIDOT website and in public venues in public libraries and town halls close to the tolling locations on July 12. These towns are:
- Attleboro, MA
- Central Falls
- East Greenwich
- East Providence
- N. Kingstown
- N. Providence
- N. Smithfield
- Uxbridge, MA
- West Greenwich
- West Warwick