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Newport Bridge


View from a distance

Photo taken Summer 2005 by Wayne Grodkiewicz

BH Photo #108767


Street Views 


Suspension bridge over East Passage Narragansett Bay on RI 138 in Newport
Newport County, Rhode Island
Open to toll traffic
Built 1969
- Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas of New York City, New York
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 1,600.1 ft.
Total length: 11,248.6 ft. (2.1 mi.)
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Also called
Claiborne Pell Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.50500, -71.34278   (decimal degrees)
41°30'18" N, 71°20'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/304473/4597469 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Prudence Island
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
RI 9000 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 31906 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 20, 2015: New photo from Michael Miller
  • February 1, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 19, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • September 19, 2013: New photos from C Hanchey
  • December 4, 2006: Posted photo from Wayne Grodkiewicz


  • Wayne Grodkiewicz - WGrodkiewi [at] aol [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Newport Bridge
Posted June 19, 2007, by Carol Anderheggen (carolmaeray [at] cox [dot] net)

This bridge replaced a ferry between Newport and Jamestown, RI. I have many memories of the ferry, including more than once rounding the bend in Jamestown trying to catch a certain ferry and seeing it pulling out of the slip!

In 2001 beautiful lights were placed on the spans for nightime illumination. My daughter once told me that the arches of the Roman Baths were as high as the arches in the uprights of this bridge.