PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed announced RhodeWorks, a bold action plan to address our state's crumbling transportation infrastructure.
"While deteriorating roads and bridges is a problem nationwide, Rhode Island ranks last for the overall condition of our bridges," said Raimondo. "The longer we wait to address this problem the more expensive it will become to fix. Our RhodeWorks proposal will not only help keep Rhode Islanders safe, but it will also grow our economy, create jobs, save over $1 billion in projected future costs, and make the state a more attractive place for businesses to invest."
Read more for details: http://www.ri.gov/press/view/24912
Statement from the Greater Providence Chamber:
"The shabby condition of our highways, roads and bridges is a serious impediment to economic growth that must be addressed quickly and completely," said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. "To put the urgency in context, 'highway accessibility' ranked as the most important factor to U.S. corporate site selectors in a comprehensive survey by Area Development magazine, up from its second place ranking in the previous year's study. They note that the availability and condition of roads to, from, around, and away from America's manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, industrial parks, and office complexes has become a more important economic development issue for the nation. States and communities that make the investments in increasing road infrastructure, and in existing infrastructure, will be in better shape for economic development. Governor Raimondo, Speaker Mattiello and Senate President Paiva Weed are taking on another important mega-issue. The Chamber will provide relevant feedback from the business community on specific costs, impact and implementation."
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Providence Journal: http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150527/NEWS/150529402