JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews are expected to begin construction on a median barrier on the Newport Pell Bridge Monday night, and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said drivers should expect lane closures and minor delays.
RITBA said work will begin at 7 p.m. at the east abutment in the westbound lane, which is the side that takes traffic from Newport into Jamestown.
The agency said there will be long-term lane closures and minor delays during construction, which is expected to be complete by May.
The median is intended to minimize crossover accidents and enhance safety on the bridge – which connects Newport and Jamestown over Narragansett Bay.
The barrier was proposed after a deadly head-on crash killed two people in 2011 and another fatal accident killed a 75-year-old man in 2013.
Amanda Meunier’s aunt died in the 2011 crash. She told Eyewitness News the median construction is a big relief.
“The barriers serve as a memorial for both Kenny Prior and my aunt,” Meunier said. “Every time you see that, you’re going to think about it.”