DOT wants new interchange from Route 4 to I-95 [WJAR]
The estimated cost of the project is $75 million.
“We’ve made so many improvements to Quonset Point-Davisville. The Route 403 project was over $200 million. We spent over $200 million on doing freight rail improvements to tie freight rail into Quonset Point Davisville. So I think this will just be the final leg in possibly generating some additional jobs,” Fish said.
State transportation officials are proposing a toll plaza on Interstate 95 in South County to help pay for the project.
Lawmaker blasts DOT chief for ‘stealth’ proposal to toll I-95 [WPRI]
Rep. Brian Kennedy, a Hopkinton Democrat, sent a blistering two-page letter to R.I. Transportation Director Michael Lewis on Thursday that said it was “shocking” and “quite disappointing” that he learned about the proposed tolls in his hometown from our WPRI 12 report rather than RIDOT.
Sen. Fogarty: Time to find a new way of funding RIPTA [Press Release]
Following a public hearing about the reduction of bus service in his district, Sen. Paul W. Fogarty is asking legislative leaders and the governor to step in and find a new funding solution that will prevent service cuts proposed by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.
The senator has sent a letter to Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed asking her to work with House Speaker Gordon D. Fox and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee to change the way RIPTA is funded to better maintain support of the state’s public transportation system.
“The state does not support RIPTA from general revenue, rather their funding from state resources comes from a portion of the gasoline tax. I am asking your office to work with the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Governor to come up with a more practical funding solution that would support RIPTA’s continued operations and avoid any more cuts in service.”