“Shovel-Ready” Projects



“Shovel-Ready” Projects

I’m sure many of you are aware, their are hopes of some major federal stimulus funding for “shovel-ready” state infrastructure projects on the horizon.  Rhode Island, as I’m sure is true with every state, is scrambling to get their list of projects compiled and off to the federal government to be evaluated by Congress.  The Projo had frontpage article listing shovel ready projects, ready to go out bid, in this morning’s paper.  I was pleased to see the George Redman Linear Park at the top of this list.

The article cites RIDOT as the source for the information, but there is no guarantee that this list is in any way official.  If you would like to see some of the state’s federal funds put towards this project, which would provide an excellent link between the East Bay Bike Path and Providence, I’d encourage you to contact RIDOT and let them know.  Here is some contact information:

RIDOT Director ‘s Office

1 Comment

  • Jan 10, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I exchanged a few emails from some people at RIDOT. Apparently, the $15 million listed in the article as part of the stimulus proposals is in addition to the currently available funds. This stimulus money, combined with the existing funds, should make it possible to complete the George Redman Linear Park. The project is likely to be delayed still, as the amount is greater than $25 million total, which apparently requires RIDOT to perform a value engineering study to ensure our tax payer money is being spent efficiently.