Prepare for delays on Claiborne Pell Bridge

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It’s a big week for the Claiborne Pell Bridge;

Beginning Thursday, Open road tolling (ORT) lanes at the Claiborne Pell Bridge plaza will be closed to facilitate the transition to all-electronic tolling. 

The ORT lanes are the “free flow” traffic lanes equipped with an overhead gantry, located in the middle of the plaza.  While the ORT lanes are closed, all traffic will be directed through the gated lanes.  The outer lane in each direction will be available for either E-ZPass or bill-by-mail transactions during rush hours, weekdays 7 am to 10 am, and 3 pm to 6 pm. 

The closure of the ORT lanes is expected to continue until October 28. RITBA will stop taking cash and credit card transactions beginning on October 27th at 11 pm and will complete the transition by October 28th at 11 pm. Read More

On Sunday, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Foundation will host the Citizens Pell Bridge Run.

The event is a 4-mile charity run/walk with 100% of the proceeds going to support non-profits and local community organizations. The run provides a rare opportunity for the public to cross over the beautiful Claiborne Pell Bridge on foot and enjoy stunning views of Narragansett Bay.

The event will begin at 7:00 am and police will begin blocking off some roads starting at 6:30 a.m. Early morning motorists in the Jamestown and Newport area should be prepared for slight delays and traffic detours due to the run. More info on event/road closures

Also, this week, expect work crews and closures in the westbound right lane from 7 am to 2 pm today and in the eastbound left lane today through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm.

Newport City Council returns to City Hall this evening for a Regular Council Meeting. Here’s what’s on the agenda.

Newport in Bloom and Newport Daffodil Days will be distributing more than 30,000 free “Dutch Master” daffodil bulbs on Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm at Easton’s Beach Rotunda, until supplies last.  Bulbs come 30 to a bag (a $20 value). To date, over 1,200,000 bulbs have been donated to the City and its residents. 

Rhode Island Monthly with a story on Portsmouth’s Rail Explorers - How Rail Explorers Became the Easiest, Breeziest Daytrip in RI and Beyond

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching into a third school year, some districts are finally resuming field trips this fall. In Newport, that means the return of a program that brings the classroom offshore. The Public’s Radio Reporter Antonia Ayres-Brown tagged along with a fourth-grade class to see what school is like on the water - As school field trips return, Newport fourth-graders set sail

Streaming scary movies at home? Please. There's NOTHING like a good old-fashioned scream at the theater and the JPT Film & Event Center has four of your favorite October classics on the big screen. The fun gets started this Thursday with Poltergeist! More information and tickets at

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