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Chafee asks DOT director Lewis to stay on

December 14, 2010

Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee wants Michael Lewis, director of the state Department of Transportation to remain in his post:

“Director Lewis is an effective leader who has demonstrated great vision and strong managerial ability,” Chafee said. “Throughout history, economic growth has always occurred around hubs of transportation, and I am confident that Director Lewis will continue to work to maximize our transportation infrastructure and create the kind of growth that is critical to Rhode Island’s economic recovery.”

Governor-elect Chafee decided to ask Director Lewis to remain in his post after interviewing a number of other qualified candidates.

Michael P. Lewis was named Director of DOT by Governor Donald L. Carcieri in 2008. He has since overseen the successful completion and operation of major elements of the $610 million Iway project, which involves the reconstruction of the interchange of I-95 and I-195 in Providence, as well as the completion of the $130 million Route 403 Relocation Project, including the construction of a new highway to provide freeway access to the Quonset Business Park.

Under his leadership, DOT has begun the construction of a new $163.7 million bridge to replace the Sakonnet River Bridge connecting Portsmouth and Tiverton in southeastern Rhode Island, and has awarded and begun construction on a replacement for the Pawtucket River Bridge on Interstate 95, a weight-limited structure on Rhode Island’s most critical transportation corridor.

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  1. Ron Behagen permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:32 pm

    good story Mr Donnis
    but you missed a story that a third floor/ 2nd shift janitor at the Projo is leaving for a job at Mcdonalds…he is married to a 2nd floor/1st shift janitor at projo who also left for job w/burger king..word is Projo staff is afraid to flush for a minimum of a week
    how did that escape you and “jim beam me up” scotty??

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