The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority was created in 1954 by the General Assembly as a body corporate and politic with the power to construct, acquire, maintain and operate bridge projects as defined by law (R.I.G.L.§ 24-12). The mission of RITBA is “To facilitate vehicular traffic over the Mount Hope Bay and the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay by operation and maintenance of its two suspension bridges – the Claiborne Pell Bridge built in 1969 and the Mount Hope Bridge built in 1929. The structures are integral to the travel in the coastal area of Rhode Island and its neighboring states.”
Our toll revenues provide essential capital formation funding streams, which meet RITBA bond obligations for long-term transportation capital improvement programs. These goals ensure the finest structural standards for these highly engineered suspension bridges vital to Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure.
Our customers receive value in the form of swift transport over the bridges, convenient and safe passage, better maintained roads and the opportunity for convenient payments when enrolled in the electronic toll payment plan.