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Newport Pell Bridge experiences temporary lighting problem


JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Newport Pell Bridge wasn’t as bright as it usually is Thursday evening after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) said the lights experiences problems.

According to RITBA, only some of the road deck lights and “necklace” lights experienced the problem. The necklace lights follow the cables strung from the bridge towers.

Shortly before midnight, RITBA said a few of the road deck and all of the necklace lights began flickering and continued to do so throughout the remainder of the evening.

RITBA said the flashing red safety lights for aviation on top of the towers and for navigation on the bridge stanchions remained working and are fully functional.

Crews are working to correct the problem and all of the affected lights are expected to be completely operational by Sunday.

According to RITBA, the lights on the bridge road deck will be fully operational by Friday evening and there will be ample lighting for motorists crossing the bridge. The necklace lights will not be operational until Saturday evening.

RITBA has identified the lighting issue, but have not said what caused the lights to begin flickering.

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