Construction is slated to begin this month on a solid barrier dividing lanes on the Pell Bridge in Newport. The public has called for a median for years.
Calls for a median grew louder after a 75 year-old man crossed into oncoming traffic on the bridge on Christmas Eve of 2013, and died of his injuries. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority installed reflective posts along the center of the bridge a year ago. But they cannot stop cars from crossing into oncoming traffic.
Now authorities are preparing to install a permanent concrete barrier. They will line up approximately 3500 concrete blocks, each about three feet high. The barrier will narrow driving lanes by about 2 feet. Construction is set to finish up by mid-May.
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