The Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge Is About To Become Driving Purgatory

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Driving OUT of Newport might be worse than driving IN Newport.

Road construction on Broadway was started in 1636 by Roger Williams and has been the bane of Newport ever since. (Or, at least, it seems that way.) Now, as the road is really getting torn up and repaved (taking out a few car axles in the process), we learn that as bad as it might be to drive in Newport, the trip to the Narragansett might be worse (for the next month and a half).

In a statement released October 9, 2015, RITBA let everyone know about lane closures that will be hitting the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge for the next six weeks.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)
today announced that it will be doing infrastructure repairs and upgrades on the
Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge for six weeks beginning Tuesday, October 13,
2015 until Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. This construction will necessitate the
routine closing of lanes periodically on both the eastbound and westbound sides
of the bridge during non-commuter hours. The construction will also consist of a
permanent lane closure on the Eastbound inside/high speed lane beginning
Monday, October 19, 2015 through Sunday October 25, 2015.
The following is the schedule for expected lane closures:

Tuesday, October 13 – Tuesday, November 24th :

  •  Eastbound Lane: Periodic closures occurring 9am-5pm
  •  Westbound Lane: Periodic closures occurring 7am – 3pm

Monday, October 19 – Sunday, October 25th :

  • Eastbound Lane (Inside/High Speed) Lane: Closed 24 hours a day for the
    week

So take these lane closures into consideration if you have to travel any further west than Jamestown.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Traffic Correspondent


Tristan’s just this guy, ya know?