Pell Bridge median install starts Monday

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pell Bridge is going to get a lot more backed up starting Monday, according to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Crews will begin installing the interlocking concrete blocks that will become the new barrier on the bridge, designed to prevent head-on collisions when cars cross into oncoming lanes. Both eastbound and westbound center lanes have to be closed on the entire bridge for the installation, RITBA said in a news release Friday.

“We expect lengthy delays,” including during peak commuter hours, spokesperson Dee Dee Edmondson said in the release.

Drivers are being warned to plan their commute accordingly, and leave plenty of extra travel time.

Furthermore, eastbound, the Open Road Toll (ORT) lane will be closed, and all traffic will have to move through the gated lanes.

The installation is set to wrap up by mid-April or early May, so the lane closures — and delays — can be expected to last for the next few weeks.

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