R.I. truck-toll delays are cutting into funds for DOT projects

Delays in rolling out Rhode Island’s first-in-the-nation truck toll network and unfulfilled transportation budget requests are eating into a number of state infrastructure projects and putting several highway paving, bicycle and pedestrian projects on hold.

The state Department of Transportation has proposed cutting $28 million from bicycle and pedestrian projects and trimming $96 million from its highway-repaving budget over the next decade in the most recent changes to its 10-year transportation spending plan.