Darlington re-elected chairman of RITBA
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority at its May 2 board meeting re-elected David Darlington as chairman. Darlington was first appointed to the board by Gov. Lincoln Almond.
Darlington has served on the board under three governors and has led the agency that manages the Newport Pell and Mount Hope bridges. During his tenure, he has shepherded the agency into the electronic era by automating toll collection using the E-ZPass system. He has also helped to improve the agency’s credit rating, and is overseeing the largest Pell Bridge improvement project since it was built – the $100 million steel restoration and painting project.
“The board of directors, all unpaid volunteers, as well as the staff, take our commitment to this agency very seriously and spend a great deal of time to ensure that these important bridges remain in excellent condition for all who travel them,” said Darlington. “The financial condition of the agency is of utmost concern because, as we all know, bridges require constant maintenance, which is expensive, so that they can live a long, useful life.”