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Newport Calls for Median Barrier on Pell Bridge

Newport Calls for Median Barrier on Pell Bridge

The Newport City Council is joining officials in Middletown and Jamestown in calling for the state to install a median barrier on the Pell Bridge to prevent head-on accidents.
       The Newport Daily News reports the council approved a resolution Wednesday urging the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to install a barrier. Middletown passed a similar resolution Monday and Jamestown approved one in November.
       Officials cited several fatal head-on crashes on the bridge, including one that killed a 75-year-old man last month.
       The Turnpike and Bridge Authority agreed last month to study whether a middle barrier is needed. The study is expected to take two months. Officials say a barrier couldn't be installed until after a painting and steel repair project that is months away from completion.

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