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Rhode Island Politics

Can R.I.’s Washington Bridge westbound be repaired? A draft report raises doubts.

A draft report from an engineering firm working for the state of Rhode Island says repairing the bridge would have limited viability and carry risks. It includes new details about the deficiencies found.

Rhode Island Business

New lanes to ease traffic over Rhode Island’s Washington Bridge

The state Department of Transportation will open new lanes of travel in both directions on the I-195 bridge in Providence. But it will take about eight weeks for the extra lanes to be up and running.

Rhode Island Politics

Union leaders who raised concerns about ‘toxic’ RIDOT meet with Alviti

The department and its leadership are under increasing scrutiny due to the closure of the Washington Bridge westbound.

Rhode Island Commentary

Don’t give Peter Alviti the pass he wants for the Washington Bridge fiasco

The transportation chief spent too much time at Monday's oversight hearing patting himself on the back rather than admitting major mistakes were made.

Rhode Island Politics

Five takeaways about Washington Bridge closure after R.I. DOT director’s testimony

The hearing provided a few new details, including what additional problems have been found in the troubled span.

Rhode Island Politics

McKee says he encouraged RIDOT’s Alviti to meet with aggrieved workers

After union leaders described the agency’s atmosphere as toxic, the governor said employees have “a process they can follow” for their complaints.

Rhode Island Politics

‘The environment is toxic’: Union leaders speak out about RIDOT, Alviti

The president, vice president, and chief steward of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 400 say the transportation department is plagued by harrassment and bullying. But Director Peter Alviti calls his employees “highly functioning and highly motivated.”

Rhode Island Business

Replacing R.I.’s Washington Bridge could take 1 to 2 years, federal official says

The new timeframe is significantly longer than the original estimate of three months to repair the major I-195 bridge when it abruptly closed in December.