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Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Hosts the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is hosting the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s  (IBTTA) Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop May 15th through May 17th at the Hyatt Regency Newport and at Fort Adams State Park.

People, partnerships and progress are not only the theme for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s Maintenance & Roadways Operations Workshop, but a call to action. The conference will bring together transportation and tolling industry experts from around the world to address the major infrastructure, funding and maintenance challenges they are facing.

The Workshop will focus on topics such as the future of on-road technologies including connected vehicles, drone use and policy, integrated systems managements and operation for the future and law Enforcement and incident management..

Service Project To Benefit Fort Adams
Traditionally, this conference provides an opportunity for attendees to give back to the local community by participating in a local service project. This year’s effort will benefit Fort Adams, part of Fort Adams State Park.

For more than 60 years, parts of the park have not been available to the public due to a lack of funding and safety concerns. Working in partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club, that serves the youth of Newport County, especially the underserved of Newport and the James L. Maher Center, a group that integrates individuals with developmental challenges into the workforce, IBTTA volunteers will focus on making the Castle Fort, or Southern Redoubt, accessible for the enjoyment of the public, but also to serve a greater good.

With the grand opening of the Castle Fort, stable and ongoing employment opportunities necessary for maintaining the Fort and conducting tours will be created. With these opportunities, the Fort will proudly be able to provide jobs to those with developmental challenges. The one-day volunteer effort will include constructing a bridge across the original moat, building staircases, clearing debris, planting shrubs and painting.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.