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Claiborne Pell Bridge

The decommissioned battleship Iowa (BB 61) passes under the Newport Bridge on its way to join the decommissioned aircraft carriers Forrestal and Saratoga at the Naval Education and Training Center, Rhode Island. The three deep draft ships were moved by the US Navy from Philadelphia as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision to close the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

General Information

Structural Type: Suspension bridge
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Other name(s): Newport Bridge
Completed in: 1969
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA, North America
Jamestown, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA, North America
  • Narragansett Bay

Technical Information


main span 486 m
main bridge span lengths 95.5 m - 110.5 m - 95.5 m - 209 m - 486 m - 209 m - 95.5 m - 110.5 m - 95.5 m


cables steel
pylons steel
deck truss steel

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Internal Information
Structure-ID: 20000541
Created: 21/11/1999
Last Updated: 29/07/2014