Biden administration awards Rhode Island $82.5M for Newport Pell Bridge rehabilitation

An aerial shot of the Newport Pell Bridge. (WLNE)

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — The Biden administration has awarded Rhode Island $82.5 million to support rehabilitation of the Newport Pell Bridge.

The bridge carries Route 138 over the Narragansett Bay, connecting Jamestown and Newport.

In a statement Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said, “Today, we are announcing transformative investments in our nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and rail to improve the way Americans get around and help lower the costs of shipping goods.”

The project includes a partial-depth reconstruction of the bridge deck and the west approach spans, installation of a dehumidification system to the main cables and anchorages, and repairs to the tower elevators. The project will also include an acoustic monitoring system and intelligent transportation system enhancements.

The project is one of 26 being funded nationwide through President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Law.

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