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The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has released plans for a 10-year, $223.4 million maintenance project on the four Narragansett Bay bridges it owns.

The authority will spend an average of $22 million per year on repairs to the Newport Pell Bridge, the Mount Hope Bridge, the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge and the Sakonnet River Bridge.

According to the plan, more than half of the spending will go toward the Pell Bridge.

Earl "Buddy" Croft III, the authority's executive director, says the project is an expensive undertaking, but it's important to let motorists know the bridges are safe.

The project will be funded through loans that will be repaid by toll revenue from the Pell Bridge and the authority's share of the state's gas-tax collections.




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