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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the anticipated Pell Bridge Ramp Realignment project earlier today, detailing their recommended design for the area.

The proposal, which would free up roughly 20-30 acres for future development in the City’s North End, calls for a reconfigured road design to encourage greater connectivity between Newport’s North End and Downtown neighborhoods; dedicated bike paths, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and a surface parking facility to encourage the use of a downtown shuttle services and other alternative mobility options.

The full 226-page document can found online at, or in hard copy at the Newport Public Library, Florence Gray Center, or in the Planning and Economic Development Office on the Third Floor of City Hall.

Public comments are welcome, and will be accepted until Dec. 23, 2019. Please note that all written comments should be directed to the Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, 380 Wesminster St. Suite 601, Providence, R.I. 02903, or by clicking on the Comment Submission link on the Project’s website at


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