The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has reopened the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano bridges to high profile vehicles; panel body type trucks when empty, tractor trailers, van types when empty, house trailers, motor homes, motorcycles and mopeds. 

Members of the public can check bridge conditions and closures by visiting our website at ritba.org, by calling RITBA at 401-423-0803, or on Twitter at @RIEZPASS.   

Original Story: 4:34 pm

Due to weather creating safety concerns, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has implemented restricted access on the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano bridges.

This prohibits panel body type trucks when empty, tractor trailers, van types when empty, house trailers, motor homes, high profile vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds. 

The protocol for restricted access on the bridge is if winds are sustained at fifty (50) knots (58 mph) when wind directions as N, NE, & S, SM across the Newport Pell Bridge. 

Members of the public can check bridge conditions and closures by visiting our website at ritba.org, by calling RITBA at 401-423-0803, or on Twitter at @riezpass.   

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