Sunday, December 2, 2012
State Police are reportedly leading an investigation into a fatal crash on the Mt. Hope Bridge Saturday night.
Updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Motorists were directed to find alternate routes Saturday night after police closed Mt. Hope Bridge to all traffic following a serious motor vehicle crash. Multiple sources from both the Portsmouth Fire and Police Departments confirmed the crash involved a fatality. Information about the victim or possible victims is unknown at this time. According to The Providence Journal, one man died and five other people were injured after a two-vehicle crash around 7 p.m. The identity of the deceased man and those injured have not been released. Multiple people were reported to be injured, according to Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesperson for the Portsmouth Fire Department. Portsmouth and Bristol Rescues were called …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Coast Guard is seeking public assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift boat in Mount Hope Bay.
The Coast Guard is seeking public assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift boat in Mount Hope Bay near Portsmouth on Friday. The boat was described as: - 8 feet in length - Skiff design - White - Fiberglass hull Aboard the boat were: - Live bait (green crab used for blackfish) - A fishing pole - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Soccer windbreaker jacket with the #23 on it The boat was located by a Good Samaritan who reported it in position 41-39.77N 071-13.7W. Currently, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is in possession of the vessel. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island Marine Strike Force, local harbormasters, and a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod are conducting …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Residents continue to voice opposition to this plan even after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority tabled its talks Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors voted unanimously to table a discussion on a proposal to ask the General Assembly to approve tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge. The board voted to postpone this discussion until its next meeting on Feb. 8. However, local residents are still voicing opposition to this proposal. The following comments were made Wednesday on the Tiverton-Little Compton Patch Facebook page, when we asked: When hearing about the proposed tolls for the Newport Pell Bridge, Mt. Hope Bridge and, quite possibly into the future, the Sakonnet Bridge, to help generate revenue for the state, what's your initial reaction? If the Sakonnet has a toll and Pell goes up my husband might be seeking…
Sunday, January 15, 2012
For tolls to be established, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority would need the General Assembly to pass enabling legislation, and a trio of legislators are vehemently opposed to any such bill.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (Bristol, Portsmouth), Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Tiverton, Portsmouth) and Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) are introducing bills aimed at preventing the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority from instituting tolls on the Mount Hope and Sakonnet River bridges. In a press release Friday, the legislators said they want to send a message to the Turnpike and Bridge Authority that any request it may make for tolls on those bridges is going to be met with stiff opposition in the General Assembly. “We’ve said time and time again that the Turnpike and Bridge Authority isn’t going to hold the people of the East Bay and Aquidneck Island hostage. If they try to put in these tolls, we will fight …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Mount Hope, Sakonnet River and Pell Bridge are all being inspected this evening following the earthquake felt along the East Coast.
Rhode Island engineers and transportation officials are inspecting Portsmouth and Newport's main spans following the earthquake that shook up the East Coast Tuesday afternoon. Sakonnet River Bridge Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman Charles St. Martin says the DOT is inspecting all of the state's projects, including the Sakonnet River Bridge. "We are checking all of our projects," St. Martin said. St. Martin said he doesn't expect engineers and inspectors to find problems "given the minor magnitude of the earthquake." "At this minute (4 p.m.), we haven't found anything," he said. "We don't expect any problems." Inspectors checked the Sakonnet River Bridge project, late this afternoon. The Sakonnet River Bridge …