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Newport Pell Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is excited to announce its plans for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Newport Pell Bridge. Construction on the bridge began on April 5, 1966, and it was officially opened to traffic on June 28, 1969. In recognition of the 50th anniversary on June 28, 2019, RITBA plans to host a variety of festivities and celebrations throughout the year. Among the events will be a community celebration at Ft. Adams State Park, a bridge rededication ceremony, an Antique Car Show/Bridge crossing and historical exhibits at various locations in our host communities. RITBA also plans to collaborate with higher education institutions to create learning programs.

No bridge toll dollars or gas tax revenue will be used to fund the celebration costs. Funding for the activities will be raised by private donations. If you are interested in making a donation or signing on as a sponsor, please read the letter from our 50th Anniversary Committee Chair, Evan Smith, CEO and President of Discover Newport, which will explain how you can become part of the celebration.

Top of the Tower Experience

As part of the Newport Pell Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebration, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will be offering a limited number of climb to the Top of the Tower packages to local non-profit organizations.  We envision the chosen organizations raffling off the packages as an auction item at one of their fundraisers generating a substantial donation to be used in accomplishing the organization's mission.

     Top of the Tower Application Form

      For the application form, CLICK HERE

      For a brochure illustrating how the Top of the Tower is accessed, CLICK HERE.

Press Releases

RITBA SEEKING NEWPORT PELL BRIDGE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FOR 50TH CELEBRATION. CLICK HERE to read the press release.

Community Celebration Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors!