Thursday, December 13, 2012
Matthews died from head injuries after a crash on the Mt. Hope Bridge in Bristol on Dec. 1.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Paul Lawrence Matthews, of Heritage Road, Barrington, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 63. Born in Waltham, MA, he was a son of the late Stanley W. and Gertrude S. (Dore) Matthews. He is survived by his daughters, Kimberly L. Cranson and her husband Tom of Bedford, Mass. and Karie Ann Matthews; his brothers and sisters, Richard Matthews and his wife, Bjorg, of Greensboro, NC, Wayne A. Matthews and his wife, Eileen, of Houston, Tex., Stanley W. Matthews of Bristol, Lynn Curtin and her husband, Donald, of Barrington, and Judith A. Matthews of Portsmouth, NH, and his companion, Lenore Andrade of Warren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Francis G. Matthews. He was raised in Bristol, RI, and was a resident…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
State Police are looking into whether distracted driving was involved in Saturday's crash, as well as any medical issues. The crash remains under investigation.
State Police say "alcohol" was not a factor in a head-on crash that resulted in the death of a Barrington man and injured several others Saturday night. Paul L. Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road, Barrington, died Saturday night after a head-on collision occurred on the Mt. Hope Bridge. Warren resident Lenor C. Andrade and Portsmouth residents James and Ann Hitchen, and John and Susan Kelchner were also injured during the major crash. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening. State Police Capt. Frank B. Castellone says alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but police are looking into whether distracted driving or a medical issue was the cause. "The investigation is not complete," Castellone said. "We are awaiting the report …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Paul Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road, died Saturday night after a head-on collision on the Mt. Hope Bridge.
State Police have released the identity of the man killed after a head-on motor vehicle crash occurred Saturday night on the Mt. Hope Bridge. Paul L. Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road, Barrington, died at the scene, reports The Providence Journal. Warren resident Lenor C. Andrade, a passenger in the van driven by Matthews, was still being treated at Rhode Island Hospital, according to The Journal. Four Portsmouth residents were transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. These individuals were James and Ann Hitchen, passengers in Matthews' van, and John Kelchner and Susan Kelchner. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. Motorists were directed to find alternate routes Saturday …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The meetings follow two this week in Bristol and Portsmouth.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) announced today that it will hold two additional public hearings this month to continue its conversation with the public about its revenue needs and tolling options. RITBA held its first session Wednesday night in Bristol, where approximately 100 residents came out, many to express displeasure with a proposal to add tolling back to the Mt. Hope Bridge. Another session is being held tonight at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth High School. The additional meetings will be at the following locations: At the Bristol meeting last night, RITBA Chairman David Darlington discussed the reality that the tolls on the Pell Bridge are the authority's only source of revenue. According to Darlington, they don't …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Travel Back in Time with the Wednesday Patch Passport to discover the history and roots of Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is home to two of the three bridges that help connect Aquidneck Island to the mainland. As everyone knows, the Sakonnet River Bridge is being replaced and is set to be open in 2012. But what about the oldest of the three bridges, the Mt. Hope Bridge? Who built it? How long did it take? According to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) Web site, the Mount Hope Bridge was designed by Holton Robinson and Robert Steinman in 1927, took two years to build and cost $2.4 million. There were problems however, according to RITBA. Four months prior to opening day, the bridge was considered unsafe. Experimental heat treated steel for the cables had been used. This caused breaks in the cables resulting in the span having to…