O'Grady strongly advocated for new transportation plan

O'Grady strongly advocated for new transportation plan

LINCOLN - Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election for the House District 46 seat, said one of his highest priorities was addressed when the General Assembly enacted a comprehensive transportation-funding plan as part of the FY15 state budget.

O'Grady said he has advocated for the creation of a sustainable transportation funding formula since he was first elected in 2010.

"Rhode Island's chief competitive advantage is our proximity to the larger Boston and New York markets," O'Grady said. "But for too long we allowed the transportation infrastructure that links us to those markets to degrade to a point where our proximity is no longer advantageous."

He said the plan would add more than $50 million of funding for the Department of Transportation to target the state's worst roads and bridges after being phased in over five years. According to O'Grady, the new funding results from the dedication of fees collected by the DMV to DOT.

O'Grady noted that the new plan complements the state's move away from using debt financing to fund infrastructure repairs - an initiative he led in 2011 that has been projected to save taxpayers $590 million over the next two decades.