RITBA approves $5.9M contract for installation of permanent median barrier on Newport Bridge

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JAMESTOWN, Rhode Island — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says the project to install a permanent median barrier on the Newport Bridge to improve safety is set to start next month.

The agency's board of directors on Wednesday approved a $5.9 million contract for the construction and installation of the barrier. Warwick-based Aetna Bridge Co. will do the work.

The project is scheduled to begin Dec. 1. The company first must fabricate the 3,620 individual concrete sections that will make up the barrier.

The project is expected to be complete in mid-April. The company will face financial penalties if it falls behind schedule.

Local officials have called for a concrete median barrier on the four-lane bridge between Newport and Jamestown to prevent head-on collisions

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