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Newport Pell Bridge rehabilitation project to resume Monday

March 22, 2020 GMT

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The structural rehabilitation project on the Newport Pell Bridge scheduled to resume Monday will lead to lane closures, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says.

The agency is rehabilitating about 4,500 feet of the bridge deck over the next nine months in three phases, with each phase focusing on a different lane.

During phase one, scheduled to start Monday and last through the end of May, the agency will perform the hydro-demolition and bridge deck rehabilitation of the eastbound travel lane — the outside lane traveling into Newport

During the project, traffic patterns will be adjusted so that there are two open lanes of traffic going into Newport during the morning rush and two lanes of travel leaving Newport in the afternoon. In both cases, one lane will remain open in the opposite direction.

During non-rush hours, there may be just one lane open in both directions.

The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced to 25 miles per hour during the project, while overweight and over-wide vehicles will be barred.

The 11,247-foot bridge connects Newport and Jamestown.