Rhode Island announces $40m bridge ramp project
Initial plans have been agreed for the reconfiguration of the ramps of Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island.
The project will provide quicker access to the town center and help relieve traffic backups on the bridge. Preliminary plans for the ramp reconstruction call for a complete removal of the viaduct infrastructure and the construction of four roundabouts that would move traffic seamlessly from the bridge into the downtown area and would reconnect city streets. This would not only provide a road network for future development but would also free up 34 acres of land.
The ramps were originally designed in the 1960s for a relocated Route 138 project which never came to fulfillment. Rhode Island Department of Transportation's 10-year plan includes US$40m to reconstruct the ramps starting in 2019.
"The best way to improve our business climate is to create better infrastructure," said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. "Rhode Island is already on the move – companies like Johnson & Johnson, Cambridge Innovation Center and Wexford are moving to the I-195 land in Providence. By reconfiguring the Pell ramps, Newport can also free up land for economic development. I'm excited about the opportunity to bring more jobs and innovation to Rhode Island."
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This article was published on 14 Mar 2017 (last updated on 14 Mar 2017).