Summer Guide

Get Over It

Like it or not, you’re going to have to cross a few bridges this summer

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There’s one cold hard truth about summer in Rhode Island that we all need to be okay with: to get the most out of the season, we’re eventually going to have to drive over a bridge. Maybe even a few of them. This year, instead of rolling your eyes when your friend points out that a fun destination is – ugh – on the other side of a bridge, impress them with these bits of trivia.

Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
• Opened in 1969
• Longest suspension bridge in New England
• Pedestrians are only allowed to cross the bridge during the annual Pell Bridge Run

Sakonnet River Bridge
• Original bridge opened in 1956, the new one opened in 2012
• The original bridge was almost part of Interstate 895, a highway that was never made
• Demolition of the old bridge is expected to be complete in 2020

Mount Hope Bridge
• Opened in 1929
• Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976
• In 1931, Narragansett Beer president and Chairman Rudolf Haffenreffer acquired the bridge after its original owners went bankrupt

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge
• Opened in 1992, replacing the old Jamestown Bridge
• Running from North Kingstown to Jamestown, it connects Conanicut Island to the mainland
• Named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who explored Narragansett Bay in 1524