Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

Coordinates: 41°31′40″N 71°24′13″W / 41.5279°N 71.4037°W / 41.5279; -71.4037
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Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge
The Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge in August 2009
Coordinates41°31′40″N 71°24′13″W / 41.5279°N 71.4037°W / 41.5279; -71.4037
Carries4 lanes of Route 138
CrossesWest Passage of Narragansett Bay
LocaleNorth Kingstown, Rhode Island to Jamestown, Rhode Island
Maintained byRhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)
Designpost-tensioned, double-cell concrete box girder
Total length7,350 feet (2,240 m)
Width72 feet (22 m)
Height135 feet (41 m)
Longest span636 feet (194 m)
Construction start1985
Construction end1992
OpenedOctober 20, 1992

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

Construction and design[edit]

The bridge is named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1992, originally consisting of two undivided lanes and built alongside the Jamestown Bridge which had served the same route since 1940. The older bridge was demolished in April 2006.

It is a post-tensioned, double-cell concrete box girder bridge with four travel lanes separated by a concrete Jersey barrier. It links North Kingstown, Rhode Island with the island town of Jamestown, Rhode Island, with a total length of 7,350 feet (2,240 m). It has safety walkways on both sides, but they are not pedestrian walkways and not accessible to the public.[1]

The bridge was listed as structurally deficient in 2007, despite being only 15 years old at the time, due to small cracks found in some of the box girder segments.[2] The cracks were repaired in 2008.

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge seen from Narragansett Bay.


  1. ^ Brookins, Avory (January 7, 2019). "The Bubbler: Why Is A Walkway On The Jamestown Bridge Inaccessible To Pedestrians And Bikers?". The Public's Radio. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Arsenault, Mark (August 3, 2007). "R.I. bridge conditions rank worst in nation". The Providence Journal. Retrieved February 9, 2008.

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