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Hopkinton Welcome Center on I-95 Cancelled

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Courtesy of RIDOT

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced that they will not move forward with Hopkinton Travel Plaza. 

The RIDOT asked the Federal Highway Administration to rescind RIDOT’S application for a $9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant that was to be used for the plaza. 

"This was the right decision to make for several reasons. First, we wanted to do what was best for Hopkinton. We understand that the residents treasure the rural nature of their town and they want to keep it that way. Secondly, in light of the findings that came from the environmental site assessments and archaeological review there were other concerns. Finally, in our meetings with FHWA, it was clear that the environmental and social challenges of this project would make it difficult to go through the environmental assessment process in a timely manner,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti. 

The letter requesting that the application be rescinded was delivered to the FHWA Division Administrator for the Rhode Island Division. 

Project Funds

RIDOT has already budgeted #3 million for this project and a portion of those funds will be used to enhance the existing Welcome Center on I-95 . 

Part of the funds will be put towards the installation of electrical pods that will allow truckers to plug in at night for both warmth and light. RIDOT will also create additional parking bays for trucks. 

The rest of the funds will be put toward faster bridge reconstruction and repair. 

 

Related Slideshow: RI’s Most Dangerous Bridges

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association recently released a list of the most traveled, deficient bridges in each state. In Rhode Island, those bridges were: 

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10.

US-6 eastbound and westbound over US-6A/Hartford Avenue.

52,678 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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9.

RI-146/Ed Dowl Highway over RI-246/Charles Street.

72,800 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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8.

RI-146/Ed Dowl Highway over RI-15/Mineral Spring Avenue.

72,800 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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7.

I-195 westbound over the Seekonk River. 

76,700 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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6.

I-95 northbound and southbound over RI-2/Quaker Lane.

77,800 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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5.

I-95 northbound and southbound over Wellington Avenue.

147,984 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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4.

I-95 northbound and southbound over Jefferson Boulevard.

156,400 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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3.

I-95 northbound and southbound over Amtrak.

159,200 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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2.

Broad Street over I-95 northbound and southbound and the P&W Railroad.

179,600 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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Interstate 95 northbound and southbound over US-1 (Elmwood Avenue).

186,500 daily crossing

The bridge is structurally deficient

 
 

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