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ProJo: Raimondo pushes out managers, dismisses employees at ‘dysfunctional’ DOT


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Having diagnosed Rhode Island’s transportation bureaucracy as “dysfunctional,” Governor Raimondo Wednesday outlined the steps she’s taking to fix it — with or without revenue from proposed truck tolls.

In an overhaul of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation that started earlier this year, Raimondo said she has pushed out several managers, adopted private-sector planning processes and begun hiring workers to reduce the agency’s reliance on outside contractors.

RIDOT has also either dismissed or accepted the resignation of “four or five” unidentified employees for “dishonesty,” including false record keeping and not being where they said they were, according to Director Peter Alviti.

I don’t have anything nice to say about RIDOT so I won’t say anything at all.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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  • In other RIDOT news…

    RINPR: RIDOT Negotiating With Justice Department Over Years of Environmental Damage from Highway Runoff

    The state Department of Transportation is negotiating a possible consent decree with the US Justice Department due to environmental damage caused by years of inadequately monitored runoff on highways around the state.


    Jim Martin, spokesman for US Attorney Peter Neronha, said the federal prosecutor’s office remains in talks with the Department of Transportation about a potential consent decree agreement concerning violations of the Clean Water Act.

    Meanwhile we’ve spent a zillion dollars on a stormwater overflow retention system and our sewer bills spiral ever upward, but RIDOT has no idea where their stormwater is coming from or going to. Nice.

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