PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Department of Transportation is soliciting bids to evaluate its statewide drainage system.
RIDOT describes the project of a first-of-its kind assessment of the approximately 25,000 stormwater catch basins and treatment systems. The assessment will enable the state to meet federal stormwater drainage regulations and reduce roadway flooding, officials said.
“Just like our recent re-inspection of the state’s structurally deficient bridges, this assessment is the first step in putting our house in order when it comes to drainage systems,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. “Rhode Island is blessed with abundant natural resources including Narragansett Bay and hundreds of lakes, ponds and rivers. It is imperative that we protect these fragile resources.”
In a news release, officials said the assessment will allow the DOT to be proactive with the maintenance and cleaning of drainage systems, rather than waiting until there is a report of a flooded street.