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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I (WLNE) - Drivers who use Route 146 may have to withstand an unpaved stretch for another 5 years after the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced further delays in the repaving of potholes. 

RIDOT announced the stretch of road on 146 between 295 and 146-A split can handle a delay in repaving. 

The road was originally scheduled for repaving between 2022 and 2020, but this delay will push it back an additional 2 years. 

Many Rhode Island legislators, such as Representative Brian Newberry have been asking to move up the repaving of the road. 

Representative Newberry sent a letter to RIDOT last year asking them to "do what is necessary to expedite road resurfacing of Route 146 between Route 295 and the Massachusetts State Line."

After hearing that RIDOT will be further delaying the process, Representative Newberry sent another letter. 

"To read this past month that RIDOT, rather than take steps to expedite the repaving of this road is planning further delay resurfacing until the year 2024, is a slap in the face to every resident of Northern Rhode Island and every member of the general assembly who signed that letter last year. it is particularly insulting given that in your (RIDOT's) written response last April you (RIDOT) stated that 2022 planned date could not be changed because it would disrupt other projects but now you are proposing to push it off two more years."

RIDOT says the  reason for the delay is due to "evaluation  of pavement conditions and funding availability." 

Representative Newberry also stated that the condition of the road is a violation of RIDOT's basic duty to ensure quality roads for Rhode Island citizens. 

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