Reed Announces over $19.5 million in additional funds for Roads & Bridges

By News Staff



PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Rhode Island Senator, Jack Reed announced on Sunday that The Ocean State is receiving $19,581,111 in additional federal funding for transportation upgrades this year. 

This money comes in addition to the $305.8 million for bridge, highway, and mass transit programs that Senator Reed delivered for Rhode Island in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. 

The federal funds are generated from annual federal funding grants for state transportation projects that were not expended because a project was completed for less than or in some cases did not use the money for other reasons. 

The Rhode Island Department of Education will have access to dollars no spent by other states to advance road improvement projects as a result. 

The additional funds will benefit road maintenance, traffic safety projects, and bridge repairs. 

RIDOT is expected to commit these funds to specific projects by September 27, 2019, before the end of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30. 

Senator Reed said, “Because of increases in federal funding provided in 2018 and 2019 THUD (transportation, Housing, and Urban Development) laws, crews have been hard at work on projects throughout the state during the construction season. And with the infusion of additional federal funding, RIDOT will be able to tackle even more infrastructure improvements. But there is plenty of work still to do. My priority is to continue to deliver federal resources to Help Director Alviti (Director of RIDOT) and Governor Raimondo’s efforts to modernize and improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure.” 

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