The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run will take place on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 .

Over 3000 runners and walkers will make their way over the Newport Pell Bridge on Sunday to raise money for charity.

NOTE: . Registration is still available online or onsite before the beginning of the race on Sunday morning beginning at 6 am. You can also register by stopping by the packet pick-up center at the Discover Newport Visitors Center on Friday from 3-7 PM, or Saturday from 12-5 PM Walkers and families are welcome although strollers are prohibited.

The Pell Bridge Run will begin at 7:15 a.m. which will necessitate the following lanes closures and restrictions beginning early Sunday morning:

  • East Shore Road will be closed going southbound from the Rt. 138 exit to Conanicus Road

Closure Time:  6:45a.m. – 8:00a.m.

  • On ramp to the bridge (Rt. 138/Conanicus ramp)
Closure time: 6:45a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Farewell Avenue:  Both eastbound and westbound lanes will be shut down and a detour will be provided.
Closure Time:  7:15a.m. – 9:00a.m.
Newport Pell Bridge
  • Eastbound lanes – the outside, right lane will be closed to motor vehicles as it will be used by race participants.  The left, high speed lane will be restricted during the race and all motor vehicles will be escorted at a low speed across the bridge by a Rhode Island State Trooper
  • Westbound lanes – no restrictions during race
  • At no time during the race will the Newport Pell Bridge be closed to motor vehicle traffic.
Restrictions Begin:  6:00a.m. – 8:30a.m.
This year over 3000 participants are expected to turn out and take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to cross the Newport Pell Bridge on foot. The 4.2-mile run of extraordinary scenic views will begin at 7:15 a.m. near the RITBA headquarters in Jamestown, RI. After crossing the bridge, runners will pass through downtown Newport and cross the finish line at the Newport Yachting Center.
The title sponsor of the race is Citizens Bank.  Since its inception in 2011, the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge run has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and the proceeds have benefited non-profit organizations throughout Rhode Island.
Follow race activity on Twitter at @PellBridgeRun and on

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