Newport, RI – The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the near future, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA).

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

RIDOT (Nov. 17 – 23)


Portsmouth: Park Ave., from Narragansett Ave. to East Main Rd., shoulder closures for paving, Sat. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Temporary Road Closure

Portsmouth: Park Ave. East and West, from East Main Rd. to Narragansett Ave., is closed to through traffic for construction through mid-November. Follow signed detour.


 Middletown: Rte. 138A (Aquidneck Ave.) at Green End Ave., alternating lane closures for construction, Mon.-Wed. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note: this operation is anticipated to last through Fri., Dec. 7.

 Portsmouth: Rte. 138 (East Main Rd.) East and West, from Boyds Lane to Turnpike Ave., shoulder closures for traffic signal work, Mon.-Wed. and Fri. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Tiverton: Fish Rd. at Rte. 177 (Bulgarmarsh Rd.), alternating one-way traffic for construction, Mon. and Tues. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wed. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Additional lane closures for this region
may be listed under Other Limited Access Highways

  All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

RITBA (Nov. 18 – 24)

Claiborne Pell Bridge

  • Westbound Right Lane Closure- 11/18 to- 7 am to 3 pm
  • Westbound Right Lane Closure- 11/19 and 11/20- 6 am to 3 pm

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

  • Eastbound Alternating Lanes Closures- 11/19 and 11/20- 9 am to 3 pm

Route 138 Connector

  • There are currently no Lane Closures on the Route 138 Connector.

Mount Hope Bridge

  • There are currently no Lane Closures on the Mount Hope Bridge.

Sakonnet River Bridge

  • Southbound Right Shoulder Closure- 11/19 and 11/20- 7 am to 3 pm
  • Northbound Right Shoulder Closure- 11/19 and 11/20- 9 am to 3 pm
  • *The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is currently removing the old Sakonnet River Bridge. Expect construction vehicles to enter and leave the site possibly causing brief delays Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 am – 3:30 pm.

The schedule is subject to change. Please visit our Real Time Traffic Updates page at or follow us on Twitter @RIEZPASS for the most current information.

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