PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is continuing to improve roads across the state — and a well-traveled street on the Central Falls and Pawtucket line is the next to be rehabbed.
Every day thousands of vehicles travel along Dexter Street — which is now slated for some much needed upgrades.
The project is being celebrated for bringing work to Rhode Islanders, as well as improving the area for drivers and bicyclists.
“Dexter Street is home to mom and pop stores, and some of the best restaurants in Rhode Island,” said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.
According to RIDOT’s Peter Alviti, the $3.9 million project will “resurface the roadway, from School Street to Goff Avenue,” and will “replace sidewalks and curbing and upgrade existing traffic signal equipment.”
Monday’s ground breaking marked the beginning of the construction project, all of which was funded with federal money.
“This is about jobs. This is about jobs in the construction phase and jobs in the future when we have a more efficient, more attractive infrastructure for investment” said Senator Jack Reed.
Raimondo agreed, saying “the surest way to improve employment in the construction industry is by fixing our roads and our bridges.”
The project will span about one mile and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016.