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The Newport Bridge


For three centuries, traveling to Newport required a ferry ride across Narragansett Bay's East Passage. That all changed on June 28, 1969, the day the Newport Bridge opened, and it closed the last remaining gap between Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands. Proponents of the bridge persevered political squabbles and delays for twenty-five years following World War II to make it a reality. The longest suspension bridge in the region incorporated several new technologies and construction techniques and changed the face of Rhode Island.

By James Ricci. Published by The History Press, 2018. 272 pages, softcover.