Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

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

The Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge (often misspelled Jamestown-Verrazano 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 ft (2,240 m). It 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.[1] The cracks were repaired in 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arsenault, Mark (2007-08-03). "R.I. bridge conditions rank worst in nation". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2008-02-09.

External links[edit]

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge seen from Narragansett Bay.