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In the 1960s the Pell Bridge and Interchange were completed, however the Route 138 northbound approach was never completed, which would have connected Newport to Route 24 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Then between 2001 through 2008, the Rhode Island Office of Statewide Planning identified the Aquidneck Island Travel Corridor as a major travel corridor of statewide significance. Long-range goals were established to the year 2020 including:
The Project was reactivated with the Aquidneck Island Transportation Study (AITS) in 2009 and then again in 2017 with the City of Newport's economic plan to create an "Innovation District".
Traffic volumes on the Aquidneck Island bridges and roadways have increased significantly over the past 40 years. This traffic increase is attributable to many factors, including more households spread among different locations on the Island, increasing levels of automobile ownership, changing commuting patterns, and increased tourism. Safety continues to be a major concern of the Island community. These concerns were elevated following several pedestrian fatalities along Island roadways caused in part by the increasing difficulty in safely crossing major streets.
The purpose of the proposed improvements is to:
The Project Needs include:
The primary components of RIDOT's proposed project include:
How we will build it
The project is divided into two phases:
|Pell Bridge Ramps Project Community Outreach Meeting
|New Halsey Street and Admiral Kalbfus Road Overview
|New Admiral Kalbfus Road Overview with removal of Rte. 238 Overpass
|Reconstruction of the Pell Bridge Approaches Virtual Town Hall Meeting slideshow
|Pell Bridge Ramps Re-evaluation
|Pell Bridge Ramps Environmental Assessment
Electrical work continues, requiring intermittent shoulder closures at the following intersections, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Third Street/Admiral Kalbfus Road and JT Connell Highway/Van Zandt Avenue/Farewell Street. Drainage work will also continue along the edge of the new Park and Ride and off-road on the corner of JT Connell Highway and JT Connell Connector. Earthwork at the new Park and Ride and removal of asphalt and other infrastructure at the closed “Road to Nowhere” ramp is also scheduled. Behind barrier on Route 138 East, we will also do utility work for new streetlights and fiberoptic lines. Businesses remain open during construction and traffic personnel is on site to assist as necessary.
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