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Rhode Island Pilot


Of the twelve pilot locations, Rhode Island has the highest percentage of urban roads, at 77.5 percent. It is also the smallest state in the nation by square miles, at 1,214, making it one of the most densely populated states in the pilot. It is one of only two states in the pilot, with Connecticut, that has fewer registered vehicles than people.

However, Rhode Island faces many of the same challenges as the larger, more rural locations. There is a need for balancing short-term and long-term highway construction needs and to provide a long-term pipeline of skilled workers. In one effort to address this, RIDOT is partnering with the Rhode Island Building Futures program, a community-based organization that helps the commercial construction industry meet its needs for skilled labor. Building Futures is especially focused on recruiting women for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, a central focus of this pilot.

State Population Miles of Public Road % Urban Roads % Rural Roads Registered Vehicles % Unemployment Rate
(Sept 2017)
Rhode Island 1M 6,045 77.5 22.5 875K 4.2
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