- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A transportation improvement plan for Rhode Island has won approval from the federal government.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2dA4VmI ) that road projects included in the ten-year plan will now be eligible for federal funding.

The announcement was made Thursday by Peter Alviti, director of the state Department of Transportation, and Carlos Machado, division administrator for the U.S. transportation department.

The blueprint unveiled last fall calls for spending about $4 billion on structurally deficient bridges, along with other road and transit projects and improvements for bicycle and pedestrian access.

Alviti says the ten-year plan will be updated annually. In the past, the DOT developed four-year plans that were not reviewed until the four years were over.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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