Newport Pell Bridge

Motorists traveling over the Newport Pell Bridge this holiday weekend will enjoy the view of an American flag suspended from the west tower of the Bridge. In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will fly the flag starting Friday afternoon, May 25th through Tuesday, May 29th.

UPDATE: Tear forces RITBA forced to remove American Flag from Pell Bridge earlier than expected

This is not the first time for RITBA, an American flag was flown on the Mount Hope Bridge for Flag Day in June of 2017. The American flags on each Bridge will be featured for significant American holidays and celebrations. You can see a full list of dates that the flags will be flown here.

Travelers driving over the bridges will now be able to witness the prominent display of the flags as a stunning exhibit of patriotism, spirit, and local history

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 -

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.