Due to expected heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Jose, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) announced on Monday that they will delay the start date of the roadway deck repair project on the Newport Pell Bridge.
The project was planned to start on Tuesday, September, 19th, however with the expected forecast, it will now start on Thursday, September 21st. After the morning rush hour crews will begin to work. Traffic will be most significantly impacted during the afternoon rush hour on Thursday, September 21st.

The project is a continuation of the work done in May and June; it consists of partial removal and replacement of the Bridge deck. Due to the delay, beginning September 21, single travel lanes in each direction will be in place. Overwide vehicles with a width exceeding 8 feet 6 inches will be prohibited from crossing the bridge and overweight vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) over 80,000 pounds are also prohibited from crossing.

For more information on this project and to access real-time traffic updates visit RITBA.org.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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