Parts of the highway hadn't been resurfaced in 20 years
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today marked the completion of two projects to resurface stretches of I-95 in Warwick and Pawtucket - much of it not touched in 20 years.
The segments are part of a $90 million investment in pavement this year throughout the state as part of Governor Raimondo's RhodeWorks program.
"The comprehensive RhodeWorks program will bring about improved roadways across Rhode Island, in addition to rebuilding and rehabilitating our bridges," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. said. "Motorists can expect to see construction like this throughout the state this year and in the coming years as the Governor's RhodeWorks program brings our transportation system into a state of good repair."
The segment in Warwick is about 6 miles long and extends from Exit 8 (Route 2) to just north of Exit 13 (Airport Connector) at the Service Road overpass. All eight lanes of the highway and on and off ramps were repaved as part of an $8.8 million project.
The Pawtucket segment is about one mile long, in the area of Exits 29 and 30, from Walcott Street to Woodbine Street. The cost of that project is $5 million.
Other highway paving projects done this year include 4.7 miles of Route 1 from Succotash Road to the Charlestown town line in South Kingstown at a cost of $7.1 million. Paving also is complete on 3.6 miles of Route 24, an $8.1 million highway paving project from Hummocks Avenue to West Main Road in Portsmouth.
For the I-95 corridor alone, RhodeWorks has funded $40 million worth of projects. Another $100 million worth of projects begins next year along its 43-mile span from Hopkinton to Pawtucket.
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 at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.