Narragansett Bay

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

Of note, Phase II of Newport Pell Bridge Road Deck Project to start Monday, August 12th

Rhode Island Department of Transportation

August 10 – 16, 2019

No lane closures scheduled for Newport County at this time.

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

Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority

August 11 – 17, 2019

The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the week of August 11 – 17, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Newport Claiborne Pell Bridge


Westbound Right lane Closure- 8/11-6 am to 1 pm

Eastbound Right lane Closure- 8/11- 6 am to 10 am

*NPB Roadway Deck Repair Project* – For the period from 8/12/2019 through December 2019 there will be work taking place 24 hours a day with a Permanent Lane Closure in the Westbound Travel Lane between spans 2E to 22E. Lanes of travel Eastbound and Westbound will alternate to allow 2 lanes into Newport during morning rush hour (6am to 9am) and 2 lanes out of Newport during afternoon rush hour (3pm to 6pm). At all other times the contractor may utilize one other lane which would leave one lane of traffic open in each direction.

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

Overnight: Northbound Lane Closure- 8/12 to 8/15- 9 pm to 5 am

Sakonnet River Bridge

Northbound Right Lane Closure- 8/13 to 8/16- 9 am to 2:30 pm

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

City of Newport Construction Updates

Here’s the latest on construction projects currently underway around town.Click here for more information about other long-term projects taking place across the City

Roadway Asphalt Rubber Surfacing Improvements

Asphalt rubber surfacing construction is scheduled to begin Monday, July 8th, in the Ocean Drive, Kay-Catherine, and North End neighborhoods.  Work is expected to take about a week to finish, however, construction is highly weather dependent and may be delayed should rain be forecasted.
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

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.

There is no parking 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. Access to all properties will be maintained at all times throughout construction except when directly in front of properties.  Please plan accordingly.

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.

Please note that the asphalt material is extremely sensitive to moisture, so 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 their lawns until after construction is completed. 

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.  Once again, please remember that work is weather dependent and we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

​Sidewalk Improvements

  • (Complete) The new Broadway Streetscape area trees (Farewell to Cranston) will have their tree wells filled with flexible, permeable pavement next week.  Please visit lower Ayrault Street to see what it will look like.  The Flexi-pave product is highly weather dependent, so we look forward to nice weather next week so the work can be finished quickly.  Access to local businesses will be fully open. The contractor will make every effort to limit the impact to business parking.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Roadway Improvements

  • Paving work will continue on Clinton Street, Dennison Street, Marsh Street, and Nicol Terrace. 
  • Now that the weather has warmed and there have been some dry days & nights, our pavement marking contractor (e.g., crosswalks, parking lots, etc.) is planning work throughout the City.  Much of the work is completed at night when traffic is light, so please pay attention to signage, be aware of wet paint, and be respectful of construction crews. 

Seawall & Harbor Improvements

  • Storer Park Seawall Project will begin soon after the Storer Park Tide Gate Project has been completed. 
  • J. Martin Park Seawall Footing Improvements are planned this fall.  The seawall footings will be protected with plastic sheeting and concrete embedded into the seafloor similiar to other seawalls in the area.

Utilities Projects

Storer Park Tide Gate

The Newport Department of Utilities, Water Pollution Control Division, awarded a contract to D’Alessandro Corporation for the installation of a tide gate structure in Storer Park on the 48 inch Bridge Street storm drain prior to the outfall into Newport Harbor.

The project is designed to help curb flooding in one of Newport’s most historically sensitive and vulnerable neighborhoods: The Point. 

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