- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island transportation officials and the U.S. Justice Department are negotiating a possible settlement of issues related to drainage and clean water rules.

Peter Alviti, Department of Transportation director, would not provide details, but told Rhode Island Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1LQ5K8z ) that it’s a matter of complying with clean water rules.

A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said the federal prosecutor’s office is discussing with the Department of Transportation a possible consent decree agreement related to violations of the Clean Water Act.

State transportation officials say they’ve not compiled a full inventory of highway drainage systems. The state is seeking bidders to inspect and inventory the statewide system of catch basins, manholes and other drainage systems.

Alviti said Gov. Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks’ initiative to improve public works includes highway drainage.

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