Projects - Newport County

The RhodeWorks plan to repair roads and bridges was approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo on February 11, 2016. The legislation (2016-H 7409Aaa, 2016 - S 2246Aaa) creates a funding source that will allow the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to repair more than 150 structurally deficient bridges and make repairs to another 500 bridges to prevent them from becoming deficient, bringing 90 percent of the State's bridges into structural sufficiency by 2025.

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Reconstruction of the Newport Pell Bridge Approaches

  • Location: Newport
  • Start Construction: 2020
  • Finish Construction: 2024
  • Total Projected Cost: $56 Million
  • Detours Needed: TBD
The reconstruction of the Newport Pell Bridge Approaches is in the design phase. The project was started to address the need to make travel into Newport easy and safe and to provide an efficient ramp system with a smaller footprint. The project will reduce congestion and vehicles queuing on the Pell Bridge and improve the connection between Newport's North End and the downtown area by reconfiguring the approach ramps to the Newport Pell Bridge. It will also spur economic development as it frees up parcels of land. For more information regarding Environmental Assessments, please visit:

Elements of the tentative design plan include:

  • Consolidation and removal of the existing highway structure
  • Reconnection of JT Connell Highway
  • Connection between JT Connell Highway and Third Street
  • Connection for pedestrians and bicyclists along the rail corridor between Admiral Kalbfus Road and America's Cup Avenue
  • Park and ride and transit opportunity between Pell Bridge Interchange and Gateway Center

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