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Beginning in the late 1940s, efforts towards the construction of a bridge linking Jamestown to Newport were started. A Newport-Jamestown civic commission was formed with the goal of having the General Assembly pass an enabling act to create a functioning agency to finance and build a bridge. From the 1940s on, at least 32 engineering studies were made for possible location of a suspension or cantilever bridge, a tunnel or combinations thereof.
The original proposal of 1950, tying a bridge to
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