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Rhode Island Has Worst Roads in U.S., Feds Say

A repot found 41 percent of Rhode Island's roads are in poor condition.

File photo.
File photo.
Rhode Island has the highest percentage of defective roads in the country, according to a new federal report.

The report, prepared by the National Economic Council and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, found 41 percent of Rhode Island's roads are in poor condition. That was tied with Connecticut for the highest percentage in the country.

The report provided the following statistics for Rhode Island:
  • There were 66 highway traffic fatalities in 2011
  • 57 percent of the state's 766 bridges are in poor condition
  • There are 783 active highway projects
  • The state's fuel consumption per capita is 415.53 gallons
  • Vehicle repair and operating costs are $661.94 a year per driver
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, has pushed for federal dollars for Rhode Island transportation projects, including the Viaduct Bridge and 6-10 Connector projects in Providence.

Legislation he sponsored includes more than $200 million a year in federal investment to Rhode Island over six years.
Abe Lincoln July 16, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Those pot holes will knock the wheels off my horse & buggy! Sorry RI too many on the old teet which seems to have gone dry! Looks like the liberals you put into office in RI always enjoy spending other folks money! Also take a bow for one of the least friendly places to do business in the country! I live in Virginia where property taxes are 75% less too!
Joe Smith July 16, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Compare NH miles of road/DOT employee to RI -- NH is almost twice as efficient. Granted NH used funding tricks to get some of the turnpike money, but look how Chafee and the GA used general funds increasingly to cover DOT debt making it appear more "gas tax" money is available for roads. But, in the end, it is a matter of priorities. Look at RIPEC's annual "how we compare" report. RI is 49th on a per capital basis on HWY expenditures; but 4th in Public Welfare, 2d in Firefighting, 10th in public housing, 14th in General admin, and 4th in Insurance/Trust (which is unemployment, comp, retirement, etc.).
nagaer July 16, 2014 at 08:35 PM
The Senate President is too busy awarding Magistrate and other state jobs to her friends and donors to think about the roads.
Bob July 17, 2014 at 07:31 AM
This is not news anymore, but what should be is the cops sitting in their cars on the computers or cell phones at every construction detail in the state making what ???...like $59 an hour....maybe you could put those $$$ towards some road repair....
Don Thela July 20, 2014 at 08:21 AM
This is due to the fact that every election we hear about what the candidates will do for our infrastructure, but our roads are worse than ever. Think before voting!

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