The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to install a median barrier along the bridge.
There is currently a line of yellow dividers down the center of the bridge, acting as a kind of visual barrier to keep drivers in their lanes. Those dividers will be replaced with a median barrier to prevent accidents caused by drivers crossing over into on-coming traffic.
Calls for a barrier on the Pell Bridge grew louder back in January after a deadly head-on collision on Christmas Eve.
The Bridge Authority says the permanent median barrier will cost about $5 million and construction is expected to start early next year.
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