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Transportation in Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is responsible for safe, secured, convenient and reliable transportation system in the state. The department constructs designs and maintains the surface transportation system of the state. The multimodal transportation network of the state consists of 1,154 bridges, 3,300 lane miles of roadway, more than 60 miles of bike and pedestrian paths and five rail stations[1].

Contact Details
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Two Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2450
Fax: (401) 222-3905
Email: dot.customerservice@dot.ri.gov
Website: http://www.dot.ri.gov/

Road Transportation in Rhode Island

The Federal Highway Administration Division Offices provide direction and guidance to State Transportation Departments in construction, maintenance and planning of transportation projects. The division ensures that the roads, bridges and tunnels of the state are safe and reliable for public transport.

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U. S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Rhode Island Division Office
380 Westminster Street, Suite 547
Providence, RI 02903-3239
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
Phone: (401) 528-4541
Fax: (401) 528-4542

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is responsible to construct, operate and maintain bridge projects in the state. The authority operates and maintains the Jamestown Verrazano Bridge, Mount Hope Bridge, the Newport Pell Bridge, Route 138 through Jamestown and the Sakonnet River Bridge.

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority
1 East Shore Road
P.O. Box 437
Jamestown, RI 02835
Phone (Toll Free): 1-877-RI-EZPASS (1-877-743-9727)
Fax: (401) 423-7036
Website: http://www.ritba.org/

Bridges in Rhode Island

Rhode Island encompasses many bridges. Some of the major bridges in Rhode Island include:

Newport Pell Bridge: The Newport Pell Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in New England and the eightieth longest in the world. It is a steel suspension bridge that is 11,248 feet in length and spans the East Passage of Narragansett Bay[2].

Mount Hope Bridge: The Mount Hope Bridge is a 6,130-foot long steel suspension bridge, the first in the United States to incorporate artistic lighting in its design.

Stillwater Viaduct Bridge: The Stillwater Viaduct Bridge is a 450-foot long, three-ribbed, open spandrel, concrete arch bridge.

Jamestown Parkway: The Jamestown Parkway is a four-lane divided highway traversing Conanicut Island.

Sakonnet River Bridge: The Sakonnet River Bridge is a concrete and steel bridge and on its northern side, there is also a separated 13 foot wide path for cyclists and pedestrians.

Clarence L. Hussey Memorial Bridge: Clarence L. Hussey Memorial Bridge is located in Wickford.

Rhode Island Highway & Bridge Maintenance Division

360 Lincoln Avenue, Warwick, R.I.
Phone: (401) 222-2378

Rhode Island Highway & Bridge Maintenance Facilities

Bristol Division/East Providence:
691 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Kent Division/Midstate:
2400 New London Turnpike
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Newport Division/Portsmouth:
170 Anthony Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871

Northwest Division/Glocester:
648 Putnam Pike
Glocester, RI 02814

Providence Divison/Smithfield:
395 George Washington Highway
Smithfield, RI 02917

Washington North Division/Belleville:
439 Tower Hill Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Washington South Division/Hope Valley:
51 Bank Street
Hope Valley, RI 02832

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority operates public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

  • It maintains a fleet of 209 fixed - route buses, 106 paratransit vans and 23 Flex vans
  • It serves 34 of 39 Rhode Island communities
  • It operates 3,159 daily trips on 57 statewide fixed bus routes
  • It provides Park n’ Ride Service at 32 sites around the state
  • It operates 9.2 million fixed route vehicle miles annually

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
705 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-781-9400
Website: http://www.ripta.com/about

Rail Transportation in Rhode Island

The RIDOT is responsible for the rail transport system in the state. Through its Intermodal Planning section, the department oversees a number of initiatives to support and expand Rhode Island's passenger rail and freight rail services. 

Railroad Operators in Rhode Islandrailways

Station Building (with waiting room)
100 Gaspee Street
Providence, RI 02903

Providence and Worcester Railroad
75 Hammond Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
Phone: (508) 755-4000

Old Colony and Newport Railway
19 Americas Cup Ave Newport RI
Phone: (401)849-0546

Air Transportation in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is responsible for air transport in the state.

Airports in Rhode Island
Listed below are the airports located in Rhode Island:

Newport State Airport

Newport State Airport is opened to local aviation enthusiasts, visitors and the Army National Guard. The airport serves the visitors and corporate groups to the festivals at Newport. It also serves a good connectivity to many boat owners who have their vessels docked in the marinas nearby. 

Contact Details
Newport Airport
211 Airport Access Road
Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 846-9400
Fax: (401) 846-9440
Website: http://www.pvdairport.com/corporate/general-aviation/newport-uuu

Westerly State Airport

Westerly State Airport gives corporate aviation service, extensive aircraft maintenance and repair and regularly scheduled air passenger service to Block Island.

Contact Details

Westerly Airport
56 Airport Road
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: (401) 596-2357
Fax: (401) 596-7586
Website: http://www.pvdairport.com/corporate/general-aviation/westerly-wst

Water Transportation in Rhode Island


The RIDOT is responsible for the water transport system in the state. Through its Intermodal Planning section, the department oversees a number of initiatives to support and expand Rhode Island's ferry services. 

Ports in Rhode Island

Important ports in Rhode Island include:


ProvPort operates the Port of Providence which is one of America’s busiest ports in northeast. The port is one of the only two deep-water ports in New England. ProvPort has made great impacts on the areas around and has generated approximately $200 million total economic affect. Activities at ProvPort provide more than $60 million in direct business revenues and $16 million in revenue to local and state government.

Contact Details
#35 Terminal Road
Suite 200
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401.781.4717
Fax: 401.461.6240
Website: http://www.provport.com/

Port of Davisville

The Port of Davisville is one of the top auto ports and frozen seafood ports along the East Coast of the United States. The Port features berthing space of around 4,500 linear feet comprising of 2 piers, a bulkhead, 32 ft controlling depth, on-dock rail and a 46 acre lay down area.

Contact Details
Port of Davisville
2574 Davisville Road North Kingstown, RI 02852
Website: http://www.quonset.com/sea/port-facilities/


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