Cruise Across The 1200-Foot Suspension Mount Hope Bridge In Rhode Island
Due to Rhode Island’s unique shape and waterways, driving over bridges is a big part of our lives. And it’s safe to say we have some impressive suspension bridges,
like this one. Views from the Mount Hope Bridge are particularly stunning — and if it’s been awhile since you’ve cruised across it, we’ll give you a few good reasons to take a road trip.
The Mount Hope Bridge is a two-lane suspension bridge that spans part of Mount Hope Bay in eastern Rhode Island.
The bridge connects Bristol to Portsmouth and is part of Route 114.
The bridge was finished in 1929 after receiving official approval in 1927.
Before that, people would take a ferry between Portsmouth and Bristol. In fact, the Bristol Ferry Light still remains at the base of the bridge.
For over 40 years, the Mount Hope Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in New England, until the Claiborne Pell Bridge opened.
The Claiborne Pell Bridge is now known as the Newport Bridge. The Mount Hope Bridge is still a close second, spanning almost two miles in length.
Crossing this bridge means taking in stunning views from 135 feet above the water.
It's definitely the highlight of Route 14, and it's a pleasure to drive across in any season.
The bridge is kept in top condition, meaning construction is frequent -- in fact, there's been a lot of work done this year.
When that happens, bridge traffic tends to fall to a single lane... but that just gives you more time to take in the views.
If it's been awhile since you've crossed the Mount Hope Bridge, it may be time to take a little road (bridge) trip.
After all, Bristol and Portsmouth are both fantastic day trip destinations.
There’s no such thing as being a nervous bridge crosser in Rhode Island — we’ve got too many
beautiful bridges worth checking out.
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