Here is what’s happening for road work, closures and detours in and around Newport, RI this week.

Roadwork scheduled by Rhode Island Department Of Transportation: 3/25 – 3/31

Portsmouth: Rte. 24 North and South, from Rte. 138 to Turnpike Ave., alternating lane closures for a bridge inspection, Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Portsmouth: Freeborn St. East and West, from Statue Way to Dexter St., alternating one-way traffic with lane closures for a bridge inspection, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Portsmouth: Turnpike Ave. East and West, form Sprague St. to Memorial Dr., right shoulder closures for a bridge inspection, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newport: In order to accommodate construction work at the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center, motorists will experience a right lane closure on America’s Cup Ave., from Gladys Carr Bolhouse Rd. to West Marlborough St., through June 2017.  RIPTA has designated temporary bus stop locations along America’s Cup Avenue since the Visitors’ Center boarding area will be closed for the duration of the project.  For more information, please visit

Roadwork scheduled by Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority: 3/26 – 4/1

Newport Pell Bridge –  Construction and repair projects will continue through the end of June 2017 with periodic lane closures.

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge – There is currently no work on the bridge.

Rt 138 Connector – There is currently no work on the Rt 138 connector.

Mt. Hope Bridge – Construction and repair projects on the Mt. Hope Bridge will resume on March 20, 2017. Expect Lane Closures all Spring.

Sakonnet River Bridge – There is currently no work on the bridge.

On March 20, 2017  the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin demolition of the former Sakonnet River Bridge which will affect traffic on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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