WASHINGTON — Rhode Island will receive nearly $26 million in additional federal funding for transportation infrastructure upgrades this year under the Federal Highway Administration’s annual August redistribution, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced Friday. In the redistribution, the senators said, the state Department of Transportation “will have access to dollars not spent by other states to move forward with several shovel-ready road improvement projects across Rhode Island.”
The projects will include Route 78 resurfacing and improvements to existing barrier and draining system and signage in Westerly, and for other work on U.S. 6 and Route 44. The DOT will obligate these funds for specific projects by Sept. 25, before the end of the federal fiscal year.
Reed said, “This is good news for the state and I am pleased this money will be swiftly put to work on road improvements and safety enhancements throughout the state.”