Ocean State receives $47 million Bridge investment

Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Ocean State has received a $47.1 million dollar boost for bridge projects, thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

This Friday, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced the new funding, thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure act they helped pass last November. Rhode Island will also be receiving $289 million for the highway portion of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This investment aims to combat climate changes and Rhode Island’s extreme weather, this also will support the state’s airports, transit, and electric vehicle charging networks.

“RIDOT has been making concerted effort over the last several years to reduce the percentage of deficient bridges.  I’ve been pleased to bring more than $160 million additional bridge funding to the state over the last three years to help in that effort.  The $47.1 million bridge funds that will come under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will allow RIDOT to tackle even more projects to fix aging bridges that require urgent attention and upgrades.  This federal aid will accelerate bridge upgrades and repairs in Rhode Island.  It will help improve our communities and build new bridges to the future,” said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

“Rhode Island drivers know all too well that many of the bridges connecting the Ocean State are in need of significant repair or replacement,” said Senator Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  “Our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will deliver a major infusion of funding to modernize those bridges, creating good jobs while making travel safer for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.”

“For years, our roads and bridges have been in desperate need of repair. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, help is finally on the way to bring our aging bridges into the 21st century,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “Soon, millions of dollars in federal funding will be headed to the Ocean State, which will create thousands of good-paying union jobs, and make it safer and easier for Rhode Islanders to travel across our state.”

“Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill has already been designated for Rhode Island’s airports, our highways, and the replacement of dangerous lead pipes – ensuring that every Rhode Islander has access to safe and clean drinking water. This latest round of funding will allow us to repair, modernize, and construct new bridges around the state – projects that will support good paying, local jobs and make our roads safer and more efficient,” said Congressman Cicilline.

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