3rd phase of Newport Pell Bridge rehab project to start

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The third and final phase of the Newport Pell Bridge roadway deck rehabilitation project is expected to start this week about a month ahead of schedule.

Preparation work will begin Tuesday with hydro-demolition and milling work beginning the week of Aug. 17, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said in a statement. The work is expected to last through the end of November.

The third phase will focus on rehabilitating the eastbound passing lane, as well as accelerated replacement of an area previously not scheduled for replacement until after completion of a ramp realignment project.

During the work, there will be two lanes of travel leaving Newport during the evening rush hour.

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

A reduced speed limit of 25 mph will be strictly enforced during the work, and overwide and overweight vehicles will not be allowed.

The 11,247-foot toll bridge that opened in 1969 connects Newport and Jamestown.

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