BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) – The roadway striping on a stretch of northern Rhode Island highway was painted, resurfaced and then painted again in a matter of months, Target 12 has learned.
Target 12 was contacted by a taxpayer, concerned that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation wasted taxpayer money by re-striping a five-mile stretch of Route 102 only months before milling the old asphalt and relatively new stripes.
According to RIDOT spokesperson Rose Amoros, the project is part of a $2.4 million contract for safety improvements in Providence and several northern Rhode Island communities. The project included a stretch of highway 102 from North Smithfield to the Glocester town line.
Amoros said the cost of re-striping that five-mile section of roadway in April was about $40,000.
Target 12 requested and received the $2.4 million contract through an Access to Public Records Act request. According to the document, advertising for the resurfacing project began on April 23 – the same month the stripes were being re-painted. We’re told by August, the contractor was milling the old asphalt and the $40,000 thousand stripes
Amoros said in an email that the snowy winter wore down and faded the old stripes on Route 102. The contract states RIDOT advertised the $2.4 million project in April, the same month that area of 102 was being re-striped. But Amoros said RIDOT was not sure about the funding for the $2.4 million project.
“From a safety perspective, it was important to repair the faded lines as the winter ended to delineate the travel lanes and aid driver awareness,” Amoros said. “It is important to keep in mind that this is a high-risk rural road where fatalities happened just last year.”
According to the document, the $2.4 million contract was signed on July 1, about two months after road was re-striped, and about two months before the resurfacing project began. Amoros said the re-striping of that part of 102 was part of a $2.1 million statewide contract the included state roads and several park and ride lots.