RI transportation officials seek $200M for Viaduct project

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is seeking to borrow $200 million to repair the viaduct bridges in Providence that carry parts of northbound Interstate 95 through the city.

House and Senate bills filed at the request of the Department of Transportation suggest paying for the northbound viaduct by borrowing against future federal highway funding. The state rebuilt the southbound viaduct several years ago.

The bills were introduced without public announcement and would authorize the borrowing needed to complete the estimated $250 million project.        

When asked why the borrowing was not included in Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal, a spokeswoman for the administration said the state was hoping to have the financing approved before the rest of the state budget went into effect this summer. 

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