The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) recently announced the successful completion of Phase Two of the Newport Pell Bridge roadway deck rehabilitation project.
Phase Three is the final phase of the deck rehabilitation for 2020. This phase is set to begin a month ahead of its expected start date. Preparation work will begin Tuesday, August 11, with hydro-demolition and milling work beginning the week of August 17. The project is expected to last through the end of November.
This phase of the project will focus on rehabilitating the eastbound passing lane (center lane on the south side heading to Newport) of the bridge deck, as well as accelerated replacement of an area previously not scheduled for replacement until after completion of the Rhode Island DOT Newport Ramp Realignment Project.
For Phase Three, during the afternoon rush hours, there will be two lanes of travel leaving Newport. RITBA will continue to monitor traffic daily and open two lanes heading into Newport during the morning rush hours if an increase in vehicles traveling over the bridge becomes evident.
During non-rush hours, there may be one lane open in both directions, and the contractor will have access to perform work on the other two lanes.
SOURCE: Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority