All oversized and overweight vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the Pell Bridge from mid-May through the end of June, according to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA).

A bridge deck replacement project on the bridge will prohibit Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) over 80,000 pounds and vehicles with width exceeding 8 feet 6 inches.
Rhode Island State Police will be on premise 24 hours a day, strictly enforcing this ban.

This is the first phase of a multi-phased bridge deck replacement project on the Newport Pell Bridge to maintain and extend the life of the bridge as part of the RITBA Ten-Year Capital Plan. Essential precautionary measures are being implemented during the bridge deck replacement as safety is RITBA’s number one priority.

Due to initial construction requirements, specific dates are yet to be determined.

What’sUpNewp will provide an update as soon as construction dates are confirmed.

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