UPDATE© [SANDOR BODO/THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL] A view of the Pell Bridge connecting Newport and Jamestown.
At 8:50 a.m., the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority lifted restrictions on the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges for all but high-profile vehicles. Automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers and commercial buses may cross these bridges. School buses still are not permitted at this time.
In addition, any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling these bridges. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.
The RITBA E-ZPass Walk In Center in Jamestown will be closed today.
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JAMESTOWN — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has closed the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges due to high winds, effective immediately. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.
Under RITBA protocols, RITBA may elect to close a bridge when sustained wind speeds exceed 70 mph for a continuous period of 15 minutes or more or wind gusts persistently exceed 70 mph over a period of 15 minutes. The bridges will reopen when conditions are deemed safe.
Members of the public can check bridge conditions and closures by visiting our website at ritba.org, by calling RITBA at 401-423-0803, or on Twitter at @RIEZPASS.
This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: Newport Pell and Jamestown bridges re-open with restrictions
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