With the severe winter weather now subsiding, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has turned its attention to addressing the condition of state-maintained roads across Rhode Island. This winter, the second snowiest on record, accelerated the decline of many of the state's roadways. In response, RIDOT is taking aggressive action to restore badly damaged areas and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and commerce throughout Rhode Island.
Currently RIDOT manually fills potholes using cold and hot patch with the assistance of hot boxes. These operations are time-intensive and require several crew members. The self-propelled, spray-injection patchers will more than double the department's output, making a more permanent repair versus the temporary fix possible using traditional methods. Bids for the on-call pothole patching services are due March 20, 2015. For more information, visit www.purchasing.ri.gov.
"Rhode Islanders have endured a tough winter," Governor Gina Raimondo said. "As the grass begins to peak through the melted snow, our state roads are beginning to show the wear and tear of Rhode Island's severe winter weather. My administration is committed to tackling our poor road conditions with urgency in order to restore the damage caused these past few months."
"It is not enough to address potholes; we need a systemic approach to addressing the longstanding issues that have been hindering travel in this state for quite some time," RIDOT Director-Designee Peter Alviti Jr. said. "And we have to work together. The condition of our roadways is an important part of our state's economic health. These actions we are taking - and those to follow in the coming months - help us further the Governor's mission to keep Rhode Island moving and better position it for economic growth."