Newport Bridge Construction/Lane Closures Delayed By Hurricane Jose

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The Newport Pell Bridge was originally scheduled to be down to two lanes on September 19.

Newport commuters were already bracing for a horrible event before Hurricane Jose’s track was plotted. The restarting of Newport Bridge construction will mean some horrible traffic jams for everyone trying to get over the Pell Bridge. That construction was supposed to start on Tuesday, September 19. Now, with Hurricane Jose on its way and Newport County facing a Tropical Storm Warning, the Rhode Island Turnpike And Bridge Authority has announced that it will be delaying the start of construction until Thursday, September 21.

This was probably not the traffic relief that Newport commuters and local businesses were hoping for.

Newport Bridge Construction Delay Announcement

Here is the official RIBTA announcement:

Project Will Now Start on Thursday, September 21st Due to Weather
JAMESTOWN, R.I. – Due to expected heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Jose The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will delay the start date of the roadway deck repair project on the Newport Pell Bridge. The project was planned to start on Tuesday September, 19th , however with the expected forecast it will now start on Thursday, September 21st. After the morning rush hour crews will begin to work. Traffic will be most significantly impacted during the afternoon rush hour on Thursday, September 21st.

The project is a continuation of the work done in May and June; it consists of partial removal and replacement of the Bridge deck. Due to the delay, beginning September 21, single travel lanes in each direction will be in place. Overwide vehicles with a width exceeding 8 feet 6 inches will be prohibited from crossing the bridge and overweight
vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) over 80,000 pounds are also prohibited from crossing.

For more information on this project and to access real-time traffic updates visit

So everyone be glad when you’re driving through all the rain and winds that there aren’t massive traffic backups at the same time. Just realize that on Thursday, when the storm has passed, traffic is still going to suck.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Traffic Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?