Rhode Island officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York.
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and it was the fourth among the newly sovereign states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778. It boycotted the 1787 convention that drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it; it was the last of the original states to do so, on May 29, 1790.
Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. Rhode Island covers 1,214 square miles (3,144 km2), of which 1,045 square miles (2,707 km2) are land.
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Rhode Island consists of 3,300 lane miles of state roads and highways. The state of Rhode Island has a relatively small highway system. There are 70 highways within the state, which includes Interstate highways, U.S. Highways, and state highways. The longest highway in the state is U.S. Highway 1, at 57 miles. US 1 runs north-south, entering the state in the south at the Connecticut state line over a bridge into Westerly, and runs north before ending at the state line in Attleboro, MA. The longest state highway is Route 138, running 48.3 miles from the Connecticut state line at Exeter to Tiverton at the Massachusetts state line. The state only has one main Interstate highway, Interstate 95. I-95 runs southwest-northeast for 43.3 miles beginning at the Connecticut state line in Westerly, and ending at the Massachusetts state line in Pawtucket. The shortest highway in the state is Route 114A, running only 0.4 miles in Rhode Island. Over 20 of Rhode Island’s 70 highways are under 5 miles long.