Transportation Makes Rhode Island Work!


Rhode Island’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (Rhode Island)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average Rhode Island motorist pays 61¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 20 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 24 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 11 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 7 cents/day in tolls

The average Rhode Island household spends 8 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

Rhode Island spends $258 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. Rhode Island ranks #23 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average Rhode Island motorist $662 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

How Our Money is Spent (Rhode Island)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the Rhode Island Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for Rhode Island’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How Rhode Island Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $3 billion in road and bridge work in Rhode Island just over the past 10 years, including $0.5 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (Rhode Island)

Employment & Tax Impact

Rhode Island Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure supports…

11,727 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These Rhode Island residents earn $476.3 million annually and contribute $87 million in local, state, and federal taxes.

206,094 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These Rhode Island residents earn $8 billion annually and contribute $1.5 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (Rhode Island)

State of Our Roads & Bridges

653 miles of Rhode Island’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Providence to Raleigh — are in poor condition.
Driving on poor roads costs the average Rhode Island motorist $662 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.
178 bridges in Rhode Island are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 3.2 million times each day.
Placed end-to-end, there are 5 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Rhode Island. 86 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Rhode Island spent $241 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016