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Monika Zuluaga

Vice President, Membership & Marketing

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Governor Raimondo, Speaker Mattiello, and Senate President Paiva Weed are unveiling RhodeWorks today, a new plan to fix Rhode Island’s roads and bridges. Please take a look at the attached fact sheet and background below. We encourage you to share with your networks.



·         Rhode Island ranks last in the nation -- 50th out of 50 states -- in overall bridge condition. Approximately 22% of our bridges are structurally deficient.

·         The status quo is unacceptable: under the RIDOT plan as it existed in January, our bridges were actually projected to get worse, not better (see chart 1 below).

·         Under RhodeWorks, we will invest an additional $1.1 billion over the next 10 years (above current projections) in transportation infrastructure.

·         RhodeWorks will enable us to make our roads and bridges better:

o   it will get us to 90% structurally sufficient bridges by 2024 (see chart 2 below);

o   it will improve our infrastructure, making Rhode Island more attractive for businesses; and

o   it will create about 12,000 job-years* over the next decade (these jobs are much needed – we’ve lost 1,200 construction jobs over the past 3 months alone).

·         In order to accomplish these improvements, RhodeWorks will assess a user fee on large commercial trucks (studies show that almost all vehicle-created road damage is from large commercial trucks).

·         Rhode Island is late to the party on assessing fees on large commercial trucks -- virtually every other state on the I-95 corridor between Maryland and Maine assesses user fees on large commercial trucks (see chart 3 below).

·         The plan explicitly prohibits RIDOT from placing a user fee on cars, motorcycles, SUVs, pick-up trucks, and small commercial vehicles.

·         All of the funds generated from the larger commercial vehicle user fee will be exclusively devoted to transportation infrastructure -- none of these funds will go into the General Fund.


Chart 1 –RIDOT status quo plan as it existed in January. By 2024, only 61% of RI bridges would have been structurally sufficient (down from 78% today)


Chart 2 – RhodeWorks plan. We are projected to reach 90% structurally sufficient bridges by 2024


Chart 3 – Rhode Island lags its neighbors along the I-95 corridor – we are one of only two states between Maryland and Maine that does not assess a user fee on commercial trucks**


Sample Commercial Truck User Fees for States on I-95 Corridor


Commercial Truck User Fee



Delaware (including DE Memorial Bridge)


Pennsylvania (PA Turnpike)


New Jersey (NJ Turnpike)


NJ/NY (George Washington Bridge)


New York State (I-90)


New York State (Tappan Zee Bridge)


Massachusetts (MA Turnpike)


New Hampshire





Under consideration

Rhode Island



* A “job-year” means simply one job for one year.

** Rhode Island does assess a fee to cross the Newport Bridge. The funds generated from that fee support only two of Rhode Island’s “signature” bridges: Mt. Hope and Newport. The other 1,160 bridges in Rhode Island also require attention.

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