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DOT Working To Shift Public Perceptions Of Inefficiency, Poor Transparency

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is working to be more transparent, and shrug off a public perception that it’s mired in inefficiency. The...

  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is working to be more transparent, and shrug off a public perception that it’s mired in inefficiency. The agency released its quarterly report Monday.

Director Peter Alviti pointed to efforts including new signage at DOT projects, which signal if they’re running on time and on budget. If all’s well, the sign will be green. If not, it will be yellow or red, depending on the state of the project.

“This is a real life, real time, in-your-face kind of performance dashboard,” said Alviti. “This is the beginning of the new DOT. This is the beginning of us being a transparent organization, of making sure people know the reason why we’re doing things, how we’re doing it and how we’re performing”

The agency also offered an update on the state of Rhode Island’s troubled bridges. The report is the first since the state signed off on the controversial RhodeWorks project. Alviti said the cost of fixing infrastructure has required the agency to make changes.

“We are cognizant of a need to make ourselves more accountable to a public and a legislature that has given us $4.7 billion.” said Alviti.

Alviti said past problems have battered DOT’s public image, and the agency will continue to restructure, and release quarterly reports to keep the public informed. 

DOT Head Peter Alviti
DOT Head Peter Alviti