Rhode Island


Rhode Island Launches Electronic Permitting System

Rhode Island highway The new system is designed for applicants wanting a physical alteration permit, which is required for work that affects a state road, such as a new driveway or commercial development. (Rhode Island Department of Transportation)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has launched an entirely electronic permitting system for work associated with road projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 12, 2021
Government, Business

Court Denies RIDOT’s Motion for Judgment in Truck Tolling Case

Rhode Island toll A truck enters a toll booth on a Rhode Island highway. (HummelReport via YouTube)

The U.S. District Court of Rhode Island has denied the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s motion for judgment on pleadings related to the state’s hotly contested trucks-only tolling system.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE Issues C- Grade for Rhode Island’s Infrastructure

Rhode Island sign Grafissimo/Getty Images

Rhode Island’s infrastructure is at a C- grade level, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared in its report card chronicling the state’s networks.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 26, 2020
Government, Business

RIDOT Seeks Comment on Proposed Truck Toll Increase

A toll in Rhode Island A truck enters a Rhode Island tolling plaza. (HummelReport via YouTube)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on a proposal to increase the truck toll rate at a certain gantry location.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Advocates Name Best, Worst States for Highway Safety Laws

Downtown Providence, R.I. Downtown Providence, R.I. (Rhode Island Department of Transportation)

Rhode Island has again topped an advocacy group’s report that evaluates states’ road safety enforcement efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2019

Opinion: Don’t Penalize Truckers for Rhode Island’s Bridge Woes

Remember that feeling when a teacher sat you in the corner after wrongly accusing you of something? I believe this nation’s truckers have been placed in the proverbial corner by the state of Rhode Island.

Chris Maxwell | President and CEO, Rhode Island Trucking Association
July 25, 2018

Editorial: An Unlawful and Inequitable Scheme

Rhode Island’s controversial trucks-only tolling program must face a judge’s gavel, as a group including American Trucking Associations and several fleets is suing the state over the plan.

July 12, 2018
Government, Business

ATA, Carriers Sue Rhode Island DOT Over Truck-Only Tolls

Truck at Rhode Island Capital Dozens of tractor trailers descended on the Rhode Island State House in protest of the proposal to toll tractor trailers in 2016. (WLNE-TV)

American Trucking Associations and three carriers are asking a court to rule that Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling program is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit they filed against the state’s Department of Transportation on July 10.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 10, 2018
Government, Business

Rhode Island Truck Tolls Will Start June 11

RI Gantry Rhode Island Department of Transportation

After a series of false starts, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin its trucks-only tolling program June 11.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 6, 2018

Rhode Island Targets Deficient Bridges This Construction Season

The Horton Farm Bridge in East Providence, R.I. The Horton Farm Bridge in East Providence, R.I., with (inset) deterioration of a girder underneath. (RIDOT)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is aiming to redress its high percentage of structurally deficient bridges during this construction season, according to agency spokesman Charles St. Martin.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 25, 2018