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NARRAGANSETT â€“ If youâ€™ve ever driven a car in Rhode Island then you probably know that many of the stateâ€™s roads and bridges are in need of repair. Several state officials gathered in Galilee on Friday morning to tour the Great Island Bridge, one of many in the state that is in disrepair and in dyer need of updates. The tour comes from a report from the White House released last week detailing state-by-state road conditions as well as a recent shortfall in funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund. According to the report, Rhode Island is the worst in the country for road conditions, tied with Connecticut at 41 percent of them in poor condition. The White House also provided statistics on each stateâ€™s number of deficient bridges, with Rhode Island having over half (433 or 57 percent) of its 766 bridges being obsolete; the 55-year-old Great Island Bridge in Galilee is among them.
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