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Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

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Carries  Route 138
Construction started  12 June 1985
Location  North Kingstown
Material  Concrete
Total length  2,240 m
Opened  1992
Bridge type  Box girder bridge
Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge
Crosses  West Passage of Narragansett Bay
Locale  North Kingstown, Rhode Island to Jamestown, Rhode Island
Design  post-tensioned, double-cell concrete box girder
Similar  Claiborne Pell Newport, Mount Hope Bridge, Sakonnet River Bridge, Lime Rock, Whale Rock

The Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge (often misspelled Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge) spans the West Passage of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, United States. It is part of Route 138 and is part of the route to Newport, Rhode Island for traffic heading northbound from Interstate 95.

The bridge is a post-tensioned, double-cell concrete box girder bridge with four travel lanes separated by a concrete Jersey barrier (the original bridge consisted of two undivided lanes). The total length of the bridge is 7,350 ft (2,240 m) and links the towns of North Kingstown, Rhode Island and the island town of Jamestown, Rhode Island. Despite being only 15 years old at the time, the bridge was listed as structurally deficient in 2007 due to small cracks found in some of the box girder segments. The cracks were repaired in 2008.

Bicycles are not permitted on the bridge as a part of a limited access highway, but Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus #64 has bike racks without Sunday service.

History

Construction on the bridge began in 1985, and it was completed in 1992. It was built alongside the Jamestown Bridge, which had served the same route since 1940. The older bridge was demolished in April 2006.

The bridge is named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano.

References

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge Wikipedia


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