I am working hard to provide resources to repair Rhode Island’s roads because it promotes a robust local economy, enhances quality of life, and creates jobs. In recent weeks, I highlighted two major infrastructure projects that will benefit residents, commuters, and our business community. The I-95 Northbound Providence Viaduct and Route 146 see a great deal of traffic daily, and the wear and tear has the left the roads in need of upgrades to enhance safety and reduce congestion.
In mid-August, I helped break ground on the Providence Viaduct Northbound Project, a $265 million overhaul to an area that is plagued by heavy traffic in the center of the capital city. This project is made possible in part by a $60 million federal Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant that I was pleased to support. The massive undertaking to enhance our state’s most traveled roadway is necessary and will positively impact the economic vitality of our state and spur job creation at a critical period.
Further, as part of an estimated $150 million project with support from a separate $65 million INFRA grant, the largest ever awarded to Rhode Island, bridges and roads along Route 146 will see drastic improvements. I am particularly thankful for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s leadership in promoting federal infrastructure investments to our state through the INFRA grant program, which he worked tirelessly to advance.
We must continue to make investments in Rhode Island’s future through projects like these, even in the face of financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Rhode Island and states across the nation face budget shortfalls, I am working with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and our Congressional delegation to introduce legislation ensuring federal highway funds continue to be available to cash-strapped states and that good-paying construction jobs remain in the Ocean State.
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