Here’s what’s on tap for road construction and traffic this upcoming week.

Of note, RITBA: Deck Project on Newport Pell Bridge has resumed

Rhode Island Department of Transportation

The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the week of June 22 – 28, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.


 Jamestown/Newport/North Kingstown: Rte. 138 East and West from Rte. 1 to Admiral Kalbfus Rd., watch out for crews in a moving operation for striping, Sun.-Thurs nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 Jamestown/North Kingstown: 
Rte. 138 West, from the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge to Rte. 1, right lane and temporary exit closures in a moving operation for sweeping, Mon. night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 Middletown: Rte. 138A (Aquidneck Ave.) at Green End Ave., and Purgatory Rd. at Crescent Ave., alternating lane closures for paving and striping, Sun.-Tues. nights from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Visit RIDOT’s Travel Advisories website for a full listing of statewide lane closures.

Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority

The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the week of June 23-29, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Newport Claiborne Pell Bridge – Westbound Left Lane Closure- 6/24- 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Westbound ORT(Open Road Tolling) Closure- 6/24- 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Westbound Right Lane Closure- 6/25- 7 am to 9 am Eastbound Right Lane Closure- 6/25-9 am to 11 am Overnight: Westbound Right Lane Closure- 6/23 to 6/27- 7 pm to 5 am Eastbound Right Lane Closure- 6/23 to 6/27- 7 pm to 5 am

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge – 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 – Overnight: Northbound Lane Closure- 6/24 to 6/27- 9 pm to 5 am

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

Visit RITBA’s Travel Advisories website for updates and more information.

City Of Newport

Ocean Drive, Kay-Catherine and North End Arteries being improved, roadway improvements slated to begin next week

A number of popular roads will be riding a bit smoother beginning next week. 

The City’s contractor, All States Asphalt, will be placing an asphalt rubber surface on the following roads in the Ocean Drive, Kay-Catherine, and North End neighborhoods beginning Wednesday, June 26th.

Asphalt Rubber Surface Construction Streets:
• Ocean Avenue: Coggeshall Avenue to Castle Hill Avenue
• Castle Hill Avenue: Ocean Avenue to Ridge Road
• Rhode Island Avenue: Broadway to Memorial Boulevard
• Catherine Street: Bellevue Avenue to Eustis Avenue
• Old Beach Road: Bellevue Avenue to Memorial Boulevard
• Girard Avenue: Coddington Highway to Admiral Kalbfus Road
• Maple Avenue: JT Connell Highway to Middletown Line

Access to all properties will be maintained throughout construction and the roads will be swept immediately after work is complete and again a few weeks later to minimize the amount of loose material left on the roadway. 
Construction is expected to last a week or two depending on weather conditions.

Asphalt rubber surface placement is a common road maintenance practice that extends pavement life and prevents deterioration caused by aging and oxidation due to the sun and weather. However, because the asphalt material is extremely sensitive to moisture, rain and wet roads will affect the schedule. 

Residents along the improvement area are asked that if you have a sprinkler system, please postpone watering until after construction is completed. We also ask neighbors not to park on these roads from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the work week while crews are on site. Parked cars may return immediately after construction is completed.

Work is anticipated to begin along Ocean Avenue and Castle Hill Avenue before moving to Rhode Island Avenue, Catherine Street and Old Beach Road, followed immediately by Girard and Maple avenues. 
Once again, please remember that work is weather dependent and we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

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.

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