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Median barrier on Pell Bridge to be studied

Median barrier on Pell Bridge to be studied

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has voted to study what would happen if a median barrier was installed on the Pell Bridge.

The Newport Daily News reports that the authority voted on Wednesday to conduct a traffic study to look at what would happen if a barrier was put in place between the eastbound lanes and westbound lanes.

Two people were killed in 2011 when a car driven by a 17-year-old boy crossed onto oncoming traffic and hit another car head-on.

The family of one of the people killed has sued.

Authority Chairman David Darlington says the report would take about two months to complete. He says some issues with installing a barrier include the width of the travel lanes, emergency vehicle access and snow plowing.

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