At the request of Rep. Lauren H. Carson, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that Director Peter Alviti will offer a tour of the ongoing reconstruction of the Newport Pell Bridge approaches later this month.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16, at 1 pm. Parking will be available at the former Newport Grand Casino, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road.

Project manager Jody Richards will lead the half-hour walking tour. Following the tour, there will be time for questions and answers about the project. Representative Carson and Director Alviti will be on hand along with city officials.

“The reconstruction of the bridge approaches is the biggest public works project in Newport in a half-century, profoundly changing the way people get to and from our city as well as how we get around it. It’s going to take about four years, and it’s shifting into high gear just as our busy summer season is beginning. I would expect people have a lot of questions. I’m grateful to RIDOT for offering this opportunity for people to get their questions answered, and I urge Newporters to take advantage of it,” said Representative Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) in a statement.

According to RIDOT, the project is intended to reduce congestion and backup on the Pell Bridge, which serves as the main point of entry to Aquidneck Island, bringing drivers on Route 138 across Narragansett Bay from Jamestown into the city. It is also intended to reduce traffic downtown; improve bicycle, pedestrian and public transit opportunities; better connect downtown to the North End for all road users; and spur economic development by creating an “Innovation Hub.”

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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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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