Officials will install temporary delineators on the Newport Pell Bridge
in response to a growing call for the installation of a permanent
median, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) announced
The barrier should be installed in two
weeks, according to Beth Bailey, a RITBA spokeswoman. The delineators
are plastic yellow devices with reflectors intended to alert drivers to
stay within their lane.
On Christmas Eve, a 73-year-old man was
killed in a head-on collision on the bridge. He was the third person
killed on the bridge in just over 2 years.
The installation will begin in about two weeks with the project costing around $70,000.
also announced they will take steps to reduce speeding and distracted
driving on the bridge. They will install cameras on the bridge and
issue letters to drivers with hopes that it will deter speeders, said
Bailey. Additionally, Rhode Island State Police will increase the number
of patrols on the bridge and ticket speeders.