Narragansett Bay

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

Rhode Island Department of Transportation

The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the week of November 9 – 15, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

No Lane Closures at this Time.

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 November 10-16, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Newport Claiborne Pell Bridge


*NPB Roadway Deck Repair Project* – For the period from 8/12/2019 through November 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. Eastbound Rolling Lane Closure-11/11- 7 am to 2 pm

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

Eastbound Right Lane Closure- 11/12 to 11/15- 9 am to 2 pm

Route 138 Connector

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

Mount Hope Bridge

Southbound Lane Closure- 11/12 to 11/14- 9 am to 3 pm. Southbound Lane Closure- 11/15- 9 am to 1 pm Southbound Lane Closure- 11/16- 5 am to 11 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.

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