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R.I. leaders mark opening of new Sakonnet bridge

Rhode Island’s leaders celebrated the opening of the new Sakonnet River Bridge Friday. Governor Lincoln Chafee, US Senator Jack Reed, and other officials formally opened the bridge. The new steel-and-concrete bridge opened to traffic last month, though final work is expected to last into the spring. The bridge carries Route 24 from Portsmouth to Tiverton. The $163.7 million project is the largest in the state Transportation Department’s history.

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