State of Our Roads & Bridges

653 miles of Rhode Island’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Providence to Raleigh — are in poor condition.
Driving on poor roads costs the average Rhode Island motorist $662 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.
178 bridges in Rhode Island are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 3.2 million times each day.
Placed end-to-end, there are 5 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Rhode Island. 86 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Rhode Island spent $241 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.