Mark Taylor’s father Jerry had a contract to document the construction of the Newport Bridge back in the late 60’s and he has been kind enough to share those photos with all of us.

The bridge was constructed from 1966 to 1969 at a cost of $54,742,000

The main span of the Newport Bridge is 1,601 ft, ranking it number 87 among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and making it the longest suspension bridge in New England. The overall length of the bridge is 11,247 ft. Its main towers reach 400 ft above the water surface, and the roadway height reaches as high as 215 ft. It is four lanes wide, two in each direction.

 

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The footings under construction

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Jamestown side

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This shows how much work went into the road beds

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Building the support for the roadway

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Not sure which aircraft carier

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Towers under construction

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On the catwalks which were really chain link fence not a walk if you fear the heights

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Working on the cement forms for the towers

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