Friday, February 22, 2013
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has contacted the State Police after two men allegedly climbed the Mount Hope Bridge last October and posted the video on YouTube.
Two men, who allegedly climbed the Mount Hope Bridge this past fall and posted the video on YouTube, are apparently keeping a low profile, reports The Sakonnet Times. The incident, which occurred in October, was reported to the State Police by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, according to the Times. The video, which did not show the actual climb, has also apparently been removed from YouTube, the article says. The Mount Hope Bridge spans Portsmouth and Bristol, and reaches a height of 285 feet. Climbing the bridge is illegal and extremely dangerous.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Coast Guard is seeking public assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift boat in Mount Hope Bay.
[Update as of 3:43 p.m.] The Coast Guard is searching near the Mount Hope Bridge after an empty dinghy was found Friday morning, reports The Providence Journal. Police and fire have been searching the area since before 9 a.m. this morning. An empty small boat was found around 8:30 a.m. off of Common Fence Point, according to Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesman for the Portsmouth Fire Department. The search will be called off after 2 a.m. Saturday morning if nothing is found, according to O'Brien. A University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth soccer jacket with the number "23" was found, according to a release from the Coast Guard. Rescue crews believe the boat did have someone aboard at some point, O'Brien said. A search began shortly …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will hold public hearings in October to share the updated details of its Mount Hope Bridge toll feasibility report, which was made public in January 2010.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will hold public hearings in October to share the updated details of its Mount Hope Bridge toll feasibility report, which was made public in January 2010. “During the process of studying the toll structure for the Newport Pell Bridge, at the public’s request, RITBA committed to study the feasibility of reinstituting tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge,” said David Darlington, chairman of the RITBA board. “We have pledged to hold public meetings before making any decisions so motorists could have a forum to express their opinions about re-tolling the bridge.” RITBA hired Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. of New York, N.Y., to complete the study. Five potential tolling options are outlined in …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Mount Hope, Sakonnet River and Pell Bridge are all being inspected this evening following the 5.9 earthquake felt along the East Coast.
Rhode Island engineers and transportation officials are inspecting Portsmouth and Newport's main spans following the 5.9 earthquake that shook up the East Coast Tuesday afternoon. Sakonnet River Bridge Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman Charles St. Martin says the DOT is inspecting all of the state's projects, including the Sakonnet River Bridge. "We are checking all of our projects," St. Martin said. St. Martin said he doesn't expect engineers and inspectors to find problems "given the minor magnitude of the earthquake." "At this minute (4 p.m.), we haven't found anything," he said. "We don't expect any problems." Inspectors checked the Sakonnet River Bridge project, late this afternoon. The Sakonnet River …