The following Letter To The Editor was submitted and written by Matt Gineo. The views and opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of What’sUpNewp ownerships, staff, sponsors or advertisers.

I am writing to commend the work of Newport Representative, Lauren  Carson, regarding the efforts she’s made to work cooperatively with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation over the last 6 months.
RIDOT is responsible for maintaining America’s Cup Avenue and Memorial Boulevard.  Many issues exist along that busy corridor: traffic congestion, bicyclists, delivery trucks, landscape maintenance, coordination of the traffic lights, pedestrians and crosswalks.  I’m sure many of us have been stuck in that traffic gridlock during  the summer months.
Representative Carson has a strong working relationship with the RIDOT.  Over the past two years in her first term as Representative, she has focused on landscaping, traffic light timing,  biker and pedestrian safety,  daffodil planting  and vehicle congestion. She was very determined, and has made it a priority to have regular meetings in Newport with the DOT representatives.  The purpose of these meetings has been to make our roads safer, more tourist-friendly and easier to navigate for locals and visitors.
Rep. Carson has been joined by the Newport Chamber of Commerce,  community representatives, business leaders and city councilors at her monthly meetings.  I have personally attended three of these very productive meetings, each held at Newport City Hall.  At each meeting we addressed a full agenda of issues pertaining to Newport’s  busy roadways and Intermodal transportation in Newport Harbor.
I support Lauren Carson in this election for many reasons. Specifically because she has held RI-DOT accountable for service in her district.
Actions do speak louder than words, and I believe Lauren Carson has proven that she is truly an advocate for the citizens of Newport.  She works very hard and has been aggressive in her first term as Representative.  I know she will continue to do so, if elected again.

Matthew Gineo

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