Pell Bridge Run

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) today announced the completion of the third phase of the deck rehabilitation project on the Newport Pell Bridge for the season.

By the end of this week, the construction barrier will be removed, and the traffic pattern on the bridge will return to two lanes in each direction.

This project, which began on March 23rd, consisted of a partial depth hydro-demolition and reconstruction of the concrete bridge deck for approximately 4,700 feet of the westbound and eastbound lanes. The contractor removed the bridge deck down to the first layer of steel reinforcing, performed necessary steel and joint repairs, and placed new concrete. This work required long-term lane closures; however, travel will now return to two lanes in each direction. 

Due to weather delays and the limited availability of specialized equipment for grinding and sealing the finished profile on the concrete bridge deck, the project will briefly resume in April 2021 for approximately one month. This portion of the project will be performed at night using temporary traffic controls and lane closures. This work will have no effect on daytime travel.

To plan your commute and stay ahead of the traffic, you can access up-to-date information on construction activity and real-time traffic by visiting RITBA’s website at This site provides the latest information concerning lane closures, construction activity and traffic delays for the Newport Pell, Jamestown Verrazzano, Mount Hope and Sakonnet River Bridges, in addition to the Route 138 connector.

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.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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