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Friday, January 22, 2010

Newport Bridge - Rhode Island

The Newport Bridge, renamed in 1992 for Claiborne Pell, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, (who was responsible for the Pell Grants that gave so many financial aid to attend college), is the longest suspension bridge in New England, and among the longest in the world.

That might be why you get a little lightheaded and apprehensive driving over it. Don’t worry. Just enjoy the marvelous view of Narragansett Bay, New England’s largest estuary. Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it’s got big chunk of ocean and a big bridge to ride over it.

The bridge had been in the planning since the 1940s, but did not get built until the late 1960s. If the picture above isn’t clear enough, you can also have a look at the bridge on the Rhode Island state quarter.

For more on the Newport Bridge, have a look at this website from the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

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