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 (December 15 – 21)


Newport: Rte. 238 North and South, from Van Zandt Ave. to Admiral Kalbfus Rd., right lane closed for a bridge inspection, Wed. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

: Rte. 138 (East Main Rd.) East and West, from Boyds Lane to Turnpike Ave., shoulder closures for traffic signal and maintenance work, Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Please note: one lane of traffic in each direction will be open.

Portsmouth:Rte. 24 North and South, just South of the Sakonnet River Bridge to Rte. 114 (West Main Rd.), shoulder closures in a moving operation for sign installation, Mon. from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

RITBA (12/16 – 12/22)

Claiborne Pell Bridge: Westbound Alternating Lane Closures- 12/17 to 12/21- 7 am to 3 pm

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge: There are currently no Lane Closures on the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge.

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

Mount Hope Bridge: Alternating Northbound and Southbound Lane Closures- 12/17 to 12/21- 9 am to 3 pm

Sakonnet River Bridge: There are currently no Lane Closures on the Sakonnet River Bridge

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