Governor Dan McKee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti Jr. will be joined by state and local leaders on Friday morning to break ground for the Pell Bridge Ramps project.

RIDOT says in a media advisory today that the project will “redesign the road network connecting to the Pell Bridge to make travel into Newport easy and safe, improve the connection between Newport’s North End and the downtown area, and spur economic development by freeing up approximately 25 acres of land”.

What’s Up Newp will provide further updates on the ceremony and project on Friday. Updates – Ground broken for Newport Pell Bridge Ramps Phase 2 Project

According to RIDOT’s website, the project is divided into two phases. Phase 1 ($10.9 million) began in 2020 and focuses on the reconstruction of JT Connell Highway and Coddington Highway. Phase 2 ($56.4 million), which is scheduled to begin in 2021 and finish in 2021, focuses on the ramp interchange itself.

For more info and updates on the project, click here.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).