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Press Release: RIDOT Keeps Essential Services Going for Rhode Islanders

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is maintaining essential services such as road and bridge maintenance and construction during the challenging times created by the coronavirus. In accordance with Governor Gina Raimondo's directive, workers who are not associated with construction or maintenance, wherever possible, have been working remotely.

All essential services are continuing. This includes road repair, debris removal, sweeping operations, and pothole repair. In addition, the Transportation Management Center (TMC) is still operating around the clock to provide immediate incident response. RIDOT construction teams are on site in order to keep active projects on time and on budget as much as possible.

Because of the fluidity of the pandemic situation, the DOT Director and administrative staff are in constant contact with the Governor's office and the Department of Health.

The Welcome Center and the rest area remain open as RIDOT wants to provide essential services to travelers, especially those trying to get home to family. Please know that these areas are cleaned twice daily and surfaces are wiped down frequently. RIDOT stays in contact with MBTA and Amtrak. They have also doubled their cleaning schedules.

In compliance with the Governor's request that as many workers as possible work from home, RIDOT buildings are closed to walk-in traffic. Business transactions have been moved on-line. Those who need routine services can access the following on line: Permits, public record requests, overweight and oversize truck permits at

RIDOT will keep the public updated as this situation evolves.

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  • Release date: 03-23-2020

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