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The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge is a gravity-anchored suspension bridge that spans the East Passage of Narragansett Bay to connect Newport (right), which is located on Aquidneck Island, to Jamestown (left), which is located on Conanicut Island.

The bridge was constructed between 1966 and 1969. Its main span is 1,601 feet (488 meters), and its total length is 11,274 feet (3,428 meters). The main towers are 400 feet (122 meters) tall, and the four-lane roadway is 215 feet (66 meters) above the water at its highest point.

Originally called the Newport Bridge, the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge was renamed in 1992 in honor of United States Senator Claiborne Pell. However, most people still refer to it as simply the Newport Bridge.

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  • Updated Jul 21, 2012
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