Meet RITBA

Board of Directors

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is a quasi-public agency created by the Rhode Island General Assembly to maintain and operate the Claiborne Pell Bridge connecting the towns of Newport and Jamestown, the Jamestown Verrazano connecting the towns of Jamestown and North Kingstown, the Mount Hope Bridge connecting the towns of Portsmouth and Bristol, and the Sakonnet River Bridge connecting the towns of Portsmouth and Tiverton Rhode Island.

The Authority is a body corporate and politic of the State with powers to construct, acquire, maintain, and operate bridge projects as defined by the law. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is a component unit of the State of Rhode Island and the Governor appoints Authority members for a four (4) year term.

James K. Salome

James K. Salome

Chair

Mr. Salome currently serves as the vice chair of the board of directors of the Navigant Credit Union. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the South Ferry Church in Saunderstown, RI and was previously a board member of the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation for 20 years, 15 of those as its chairman.

Mr. Salome was appointed to the RITBA Board by Governor McKee, and his present term expires on April 1, 2025.

Darrell Waldron

Darrell Waldron

Vice Chair

Mr. Waldron is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware Indian Councils. He is an acknowledged national authority in employment, technical training and economic development for Native American programs.

Mr. Waldron was appointed to the RITBA Board by Governor Chafee, and his present term expires on April 1, 2023.

Peter Alviti, Jr. P.E.

Peter Alviti, Jr. P.E.

Ex Officio

Peter Alviti, Jr. joined RIDOT as its Director-Designee in 2015, serving as chief steward of the state’s $400 million surface transportation program.

Director Alviti brings an extensive background in engineering and public works administration to RIDOT. He most recently served as Director of Programs for the Laborers International Union of North America – New England Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund. Previously, Alviti worked as Director of Public Works for the City of Cranston. While there, he was the lead negotiator on a 25-year Wastewater Facilities Privatization Lease and Service Agreement that saved taxpayers $35 million and provided long-term fee stabilization.

His career history includes experience in civil and environmental engineering, and as principal owner of Hudson Place Associates of Warwick, which performed engineering services for various residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Director Alviti is a registered professional engineer in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Technology from Roger Williams University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

As RIDOT Director, he serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation and a board member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, the State Planning Council, the State Traffic Commission, and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Northeast Corridor Commission (NEC).

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Peter M.  Janaros, P.E.

Peter M. Janaros, P.E.

Peter M. Janaros, P. E. previously served as RITBA’s Director of Engineering from 2001 to 2013. Before that he was the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Project Manager for the construction of the new Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge, T F Green Airport reconstruction, The Freight Rail Improvement Project, and also served as its Chief of Staff. Earlier, he was the Division Chief for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Land Resources. He also served in the United States Air Force and the Rhode Island Air National Guard for more than 30 years, attaining the rank of Colonel as their Engineering Officer. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and the University of Arkansas with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently the Chair of the City of Newport’s Cliff Walk Commission and a member of the University of Rhode Island‘s CVE Professional Advisory board.

Mr. Janaros was appointed to the RITBA Board by Governor McKee, and his present term expires on April 1, 2023.

Karen D. Pinch

Karen D. Pinch

Karen D. Pinch works for the Town of Richmond where she has served as Town Administrator since 2015.  Prior to her appointment in Richmond, Mrs. Pinch served the Rhode Island State Police for twenty-three years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mrs. Pinch holds AB degrees in Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University, and a BS in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.

Mrs. Pinch was appointed to the RITBA Board by Governor McKee, and her present term expires on April 1, 2023.

 

RITBA Administration

Lori C. Silveira

Lori C. Silveira

Executive Director

Eric R. Seabury, P.E.

Eric R. Seabury, P.E.

Director of Engineering

Kathryn Coleman

Acting Director of Tolling Operations

Jeffrey P. Goulart

Chief Financial Officer

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High Profile Vehicles Restricted Due to Wind Greater Than 50 MPH on Mt. Hope Bridge. See News Section Below for More Information.

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ALERT: DUE TO HIGH WINDS ONLY AUTOMOBILES, PICKUP TRUCKS, FLATBED TRAILERS, COMMERCIAL BUSES AND HEAVY-LADEN TRACTOR/TRAILERS ARE PERMITTED TO CROSS THE NEWPORT PELL AND JAMESTOWN BRIDGES AT THIS TIME.

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Pell Bridge Run - Sunday, October 17, 2021
Expect Delays 7AM to 9AM

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The E-ZPass Walk-In Customer Service Center will be closed the week of January 3rd, 2022 and reopen on Monday, January 10th, 2022.

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JANUARY 7, 2022: RITBA DELAYS OPENING UNTIL 12PM DUE TO WINTER STORM

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January 19, 2022: RITBA E-ZPass Website and Account Management System Currently Down. See Important News Section Below for More Information.

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