Weather Restrictions

High Winds May Restrict Travel Across RITBA Bridges

Travel across RITBA’s bridges may be restricted or prohibited for certain vehicle types under various extreme weather conditions, primarily during periods of unusually high winds. The roadways across the bridges are state highways. Therefore, the allowance or prohibition of traffic is under the direct authority of the Rhode Island State Police. The Authority is also empowered to restrict or prohibit travel across the bridges.

 

Travel may be restricted under the following circumstances:

Wind Warnings – When sustained wind speeds exceed 30 mph for a continuous period of 15 minutes or more and/ or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 minutes, operators of high-profile vehicles are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.

Level 1 Wind Restrictions – When sustained wind speeds exceed 50 mph for a continuous period of 15 minutes or more; and/or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 minutes, high profile vehicles (i.e. box trucks/trailers), and house trailers/RVs are prohibited from travel across the bridge. Law enforcement personnel may also prohibit any other vehicle from travelling the bridge at their discretion. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

Level 2 Wind Restrictions – When sustained wind speeds exceed 60 mph for a continuous period of 15 minutes or more; and/or wind gusts persistently exceed 60 mph over a period of 15 minutes, only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, and commercial buses are permitted to cross the bridge.  All other vehicles, including those under Level 1 Wind Restrictions, are prohibited from travel across the bridge.  Law enforcement personnel may also prohibit any other vehicle from travelling the bridge at their discretion.  Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

Traffic Holds/Bridge Closure – When sustained wind speeds exceed 70 mph for a continuous period of 15 minutes or more or wind gusts persistently exceed 70 mph over a period of 15 minutes, a bridge may be closed to all traffic. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

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