Saturday, February 2, 2008

Claiborne Pell (Newport) Bridge

Come Sea The View! That's what the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has to say, and the route most of us heading to MLA will use will take us across Narragansett Bay on the Pell Bridge. I took the above photo looking Northwest from Goat Island, standing just outside the Hyatt Regency Newport, while there for the Fall NEMLA Meeting on October 23, 2007. The toll is $2 one way for most all cars, pickups and vans. Like many roadways in New England, the bridge seems to have several different names: Claiborne Pell Bridge, Pell Bridge Newport, and Newport Bridge, to name a few. No matter what you call the bridge, the road it elevates above the bay is RI 138. It opened for traffic on June 28, 1969. For a history of the bridge, and to learn who Claiborne Pell was (you might have heard of his Grants), visit any or all of these sites:
Claiborne Pell (Newport) Bridge (RI 138)
Pell Bridge Newport Background & History
Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge

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