Voters in Rhode Island will decide in about two weeks
whether to allow the state to use $88.5 million in bonds for a variety of
transportation projects throughout the state.
Inflation and other expenses would bring the total price tag
for borrowing the money during the next 20 years to $154 million.
Question 5 on the ballot would authorize a variety of
transportation work to be done through the bond issue. Roads and bridges would
be in line to get $80 million. Commuter rail would claim $7 million while $1.5
million would be used to buy new buses or rehabilitate buses in the Rhode
Island Public Transit Authority fleet.
Officials with the state Department of Transportation said
the bulk of the money would be used to match $394 million in federal
transportation funds during the next two fiscal years. Roads and bridges would
get $360 million of federal aid while commuter rail would claim $28 million and
RIPTA would get $6 million.
The federal government covers about 80 percent of most major
highway projects, with the remaining 20 percent the responsibility of the
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open in the state
at 7 a.m. EST. Polls close at various times.
Voters in the state who don't want to wait until then to
cast their ballots can vote by mail. Visit http://www.elections.ri.gov/mailvote.htm for more information.