Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, Jamestown

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The Claiborne Pell Bridge, commonly known as the Newport Bridge, is a suspension bridge operated by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority that spans the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island (northeastern United States). The bridge, part of RI 138, connects the City of Newport on Aquidneck Island and the Town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island, which in turn is connected to the mainland by the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge.
The main span of the Newport Bridge is 488m, ranking it number 87 among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and making it the longest suspension bridge in New England. The overall length of the bridge is 3,428 meters (11,247 ft). Its main towers reach 122 meters (400 ft) above the water surface, and the roadway height reaches as high as 66 meters (215 ft). It is four lanes wide, two in each direction. On a clear day, the bridge's towers are visible from the observation plaza at the Gay Head Light in Aquinnah on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, the upper levels of the city of Providence's tallest buildings (approximately 22 miles), and as far northwest as the parking lot of Stone Hill Marketplace in Johnston, RI (approximately 23 miles). Similarly, the skyline of Providence is visible from the bridge deck.
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  • Crossing this bridge is very scenic. This is the bridge that takes you into Newport. Water all around you, it's breathtaking.  more »
  • As soon as we get on this bridge we know we are in for some summer fun in Newport! Views from the bridge are breathtaking!!  more »
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  • The Newport Bridge just celebrated its 50th birthday. It was recently decorated with Red, White, and Blue lights. Wish they kept it up all year round. If was beautiful. Bridge was recently painted and is currently going through deck replacement. Expect delay in coming months for the next few years.
  • May be a nice bridge but you have to pay to get off...how stupid...if there another way to get off the island take it. Once on the island the experience is great. Go eat fresh lobster at the shack.

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