Congressional delegation celebrates grant to fix viaduct

September 15, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a federal infrastructure grant will help replace and upgrade 11 bridges that comprise a busy stretch of Interstate 95.

The delegation visited the Northbound Providence Viaduct Friday to celebrate the $60.3 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant Program.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member, helped design the program to meet Rhode Island’s need for funding for large infrastructure investments. The Rhode Island Democrat says 55-year-old viaduct will be transformed into modern throughway. It carries about 220,000 vehicles daily.

Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Jack Reed and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline supported the state’s grant application, to improve safety and reduce congestion.

Construction is scheduled for late next year. Financing will come from several federal and state sources.