First stage of Pell Bridge construction complete

The Newport (R.I.) Pell Bridge. (WPRI-TV)

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – Commuters and tourists alike can breathe a sigh of relief, as lane closures on the Pell Bridge have ended ahead of schedule.

Single-lane closures have been in effect on both sides of the bridge since early May as part of a resurfacing project, and were scheduled to be in place until Thursday. Despite an unusually rainy May, work continued on schedule.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said that work will continue underneath the bridge throughout the summer, and single-lane closures will again take effect in September.