Newport Bridge reopens to passenger vehicles

Photo: Kim Kalunian/WPRI-TV

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Passenger vehicles can once again utilize the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge after it was closed for a little more than two hours due to the stormy conditions.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority completely closed the bridge due to the strong winds, which caused a tractor trailer to tip over onto the center barrier late Friday morning. No injuries have been reported.

The Newport Bridge is still restricted for high-profile vehicles such as tractor trailers, buses and motor homes. The Mt. Hope and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges also have restricted access.

In the meantime, traffic is significantly backed up in the Somerset area following a similar tractor trailer crash on the Braga Bridge, which closed the westbound side of the bridge for some time.

According to Trooper Paul Sullivan, the truck driver was a 52-year-old Delaware man. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury and declined to be taken to the hospital.

The tractor trailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash, Sullivan said.