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Turnpike authority proposes bike path for Pell Bridge

November 15, 2018

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is considering adding a bike path and an observation deck to the Pell Bridge.

Executive Director Buddy Croft tells the Newport Daily News the authority is trying to connect more “people and communities” as the bridge approaches its 50th anniversary. The authority has included bike path ideas for the Newport, Jamestown-Verrazzano and Mount Hope bridges in the preliminary plan.

Officials estimate paths for the three bridges will cost $25 million to $50 million. It’s unclear how much an observation deck could cost.

Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith believes the Pell Bridge observation deck and path would be a tourist draw.

Croft says the authority wants to gauge the public’s interest in the project before it seeks funding.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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