Sakonnet River Stone Bridge Section Collapses

Photo showing the Portsmouth side abutment prior to the collapse. Photo Tom Richardson

A large section of the Stone Bridge abutment on the Portsmouth side of the Sakonnet River has collapsed.

The Portsmouth abutment has been in disrepair for years, despite the fact that it serves as an important breakwall that offers protection for boats inside the basin. The abutment was once part of a bridge that connected Portsmouth and Tiverton, and in the past has served as a popular fishing spot. It is now off-limits to the public.

Last year, the abutment on the Tiverton side was repaired and outfitted with lights, benches, and railings last fall. The $2.5 million project was paid for with grants from the state and federal government, as well as private donations.