What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average Rhode Island motorist pays 61¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 20 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 24 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 11 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 7 cents/day in tolls

The average Rhode Island household spends 8 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

Rhode Island spends $258 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. Rhode Island ranks #23 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average Rhode Island motorist $662 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.