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October 16, 2018

Newport Pell, Mount Hope, and Jamestown Bridges reopen to all vehicles (Updated)


Originally published at 2:20 pm, last updated at 23:00 pm

As of 11 p.m. this evening, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) lifted all travel restrictions on the Newport Pell, Mount Hope and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges. The Bridges will be reopened to all vehicles.

This morning, a container truck traveling westbound on the Newport Pell Bridge tipped over on the bridge and both westbound lanes on the Bridge were closed while the appropriate personnel tends to the accident

To stay up-to-date on bridge conditions, construction activity and real-time traffic, visit RITBA’s site at RITBA.org. This site provides the latest information concerning lane closures, construction activity and traffic delays for the Newport Pell, Jamestown Verrazzano, Mount Hope and Sakonnet River Bridges, in addition to the RT. 138 Connector.

The protocol for closing the bridge is if winds are sustained at sixty (60) knots (69 mph) when wind directions as N, NE, & S, SW across the Newport Pell Bridge.

Additionally, RITBA had implemented restricted vehicle access on the Mount Hope and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges. This prohibited panel body type trucks when empty, tractor trailers, van types when empty, house trailers, motor homes, high profile vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds. The protocol for restricted access on the bridge is if winds are sustained at fifty (50) knots (58 mph) when wind directions as N, NE, & S, SM across the Newport Pell Bridge.

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