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Completed and opened in 1929, the Mount Hope Bridge is a popular landmark in eastern Rhode Island. It crosses the Mount Hope Bay, connecting the towns of Bristol and Portsmouth as a part of Route 114.

Like in most areas near a river or a relatively large body of water, ferries were once used to cross the water?s span during the mid 1800s until the turn of the century. However, when the trend of building bridges emerged, of course, the efficiency became more apparent, raising the need to replace these water vessels.

This happened in Mount Hope Bay, so the Mount Hope Bridge was constructed during the late 1920s. This structure became the longest suspension bridge in New England with its 1200 feet in length, and had the throne for 40 years until the Claiborne Pell Bridge was built.
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