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'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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