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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Key Facts:

Water and Environment

Dams

  • Rhode Island’s dam safety program has 1.6 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 416.9 state regulated dams.
  • Rhode Island has 87 high hazard dams.
  • None of the state regulated dams in Rhode Island have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Rhode Island’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $189,966.

Drinking Water

  • Rhode Island has reported $428 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Rhode Island has 12 sites on the National Priorities List.

Levees

  • Rhode Island has approximately 5 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.

Transportation

Aviation

  • There are 8 public-use airports in Rhode Island.

Bridges

  • 156 of the 757 bridges in Rhode Island (20.6%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 255 of the 757 bridges in Rhode Island (33.7%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Rhode Island received $71.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Rhode Island has 40 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 38th in the nation.

Ports

  • Rhode Island’s ports handled 8.4 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 35th in the nation.

Rail

  • Rhode Island has 1 freight railroad covering 19 miles across the state, ranking it 50th by mileage

Roads

  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Rhode Island motorists $350 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $467 per motorist.
  • 70% of Rhode Island’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Rhode Island has 6,401 public road miles.
  • Rhode Island’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 7,867 per capita, ranking it 46th in the nation.
  • Rhode Island’s gas tax of 33 cents per gallon has not been increased in 3 years.

Transit

  • Rhode Island has 20,161 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

News

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  • Advocate Profile: Amanda Hanaway-Corrente, PE, MBA
  • 10/30/14
  • Amanda Hanaway-Corrente, PE, MBA, is a member of the Vermont section. She works at the University of Vermont (UVM) Transportation Research Center (TRC) as the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) Coordinator. She also represents the...Read More >>

  • Infrastructure in Arkansas Earns D+
  • 10/17/14
  • This Thursday, the Arkansas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their inaugural Infrastructure Report Card for the state grading the states’ infrastructure. Arkansas’ infrastructure received a cumulative GPA of “D+” in the...Read More >>