Lower Thames Street will be closed on Wednesday night to allow National Grid to conduct required maintenance on a gas main.Workers will be excavating the

Workers will be excavating the roadway in the area of Thames Street at Young Street beginning at 8 pm, requiring the closure of Thames Street at that location. The roadway will be fully open by Thursday mornings commute, according to the Newport Police Department.

Thames Street will be closed to through traffic beginning at 8 pm at Thames Street and Memorial Blvd where a Newport Police Officer will be present to allow motorist access to all businesses and residences located between Memorial Blvd and Young Street.

The Newport Police Department asks that you please inform the police officer at this location if you need to access this closed area. All other motorists will be required to use Bellevue Ave and can access lower Thames Street via Howard Street.

Ryan Belmore is the 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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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