- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo says the Rhode Island Department of Transportation director has determined the agency needs a new team.

RIDOT recently placed three top engineers, including the chief engineer, on paid leave pending an administrative review.

Raimondo said Tuesday Director Peter Alviti found the agency needs “some new faces and a new team,” as part of an ongoing organizational review.

Raimondo didn’t say whether the engineers would return.

When asked, she said people must be held accountable and Rhode Islanders deserve safe, functional bridges.

Raimondo spokeswoman Joy Fox says the governor couldn’t say more because it’s a personnel issue.

Raimondo says she inherited a poorly run transportation department. She chose a new director and commissioned the review.

Bridge inspections are being accelerated.

Raimondo proposes tolling trucks to fund bridge repairs.

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