RIDOT: Route 138 repaving completed on budget, ahead of schedule

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) highlighted the completion of another project on Friday, saying it came in on budget and ahead of schedule.

At one point, Route 138 in South Kingstown was full of cracks and potholes, but now a large stretch of the roadway looks brand new.

It’s a gateway to the University of Rhode Island and the town’s train station, making it one of the busiest roads in the area.

“This is just a phenomenal improvement and I know the residents here in South Kingstown are very, very pleased,” said Margaret M. Healy, Vice President of the South Kingstown Town Council.

Crews spent two and a half months repaving the worst sections of Route 138, between Route 108 and Fairgrounds Road, at a cost of $1.1 million.

“When you have smooth roads, you literally save lots of money because with potholes and everything else you injure and damage cars,” U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Friday.

The repaving wrapped up two weeks ago, but the sign posted along the roadway still says the project has yet to begin.

“Our project management team is doing a great job of keeping jobs on time and on budget, but this is a little ridiculous,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti. “We finished this job before it says we’re going to start it this time.”

Alviti said it’s the first in a series of improvements to Route 138. There are five other projects planned, including bridge work and the addition of new roundabouts.

“We still have another $28 million worth of work we’re going to be doing here and out to I-95,” he added.

The other five projects are slated begin between 2018 and 2023, according to Alviti. No word on when they’ll be completed.