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NEWPORT, R.I. – A potential traffic headache is on the way for visitors to Newport this summer as a major repair project comes to the Newport Bridge.

The Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority says the span needs resurfacing and so starting next week, there will be lane closures so crews can re-surface the road.

Officials say they understand the summer tourism season is near, so they'll be strategically doing the work to avoid the busiest times, like Memorial Day.

“We full well realize the impact that this project has on Aquidneck Island and on the economy in the state of RI. We are being as sensitive as humanly possible to mitigate those concerns,” said Buddy Croft, Ex Director of RITBA.

Certain trucks will also be re-routed during the project because of their size and weight.

The project will last until December.

Phase one comes with a cost of just over $8 million dollars.

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