- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has placed three employees on paid leave pending an administrative review.

RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin tells The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1HDLCkr ) that the action is part of an ongoing organizational review at the state agency. He says the employees’ duties will be covered during their absence.

St. Martin said Friday that the agency would not comment further.

The Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining and reconstructing the state’s roads and bridges.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has said she inherited a poorly run DOT that’s now being restructured. She has proposed a plan to toll large commercial trucks to help fund repairs to the state’s more than 150 structurally deficient bridges.

The Senate has endorsed the plan, but the House has not.

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

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