Rhode Island kicks off 2023 construction season

RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE) — The state of Rhode Island on Thursday is kicking off the 2023 construction season.

“Construction season is officially underway and this is going to be a busy one thanks to the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law we passed,” said Sen. Jack Reed in a statement.

The project, Reed said, is starting a year ahead because of the $1.7 billion funding the the state received through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Across Rhode Island, federal funds are being put to work improving our bridges and roads, and modernizing our transportation infrastructure,” he said.

Reed, along with Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Transportation, launched the I-95 Resurfacing Project Thursday in Richmond.

The $19.3 million project will resurface both directions of  I-95 — from Connecticut state lone in Hopkinton to the Baker Pines Bridge in Richmond — will be resurfaced, covering almost 18 miles of the interstate highway.

“We look forward to another great year for road and bridge construction creating good paying jobs and providing Rhode Islanders safer and smoother roads,” said McKee.

Reed said that so far, Rhode Island has received nearly $700 million in federal funding Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for roads and bridges.

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