The Mt. Hope Bridge was privately financed and opened in 1929.

As automobiles became more common, the Bristol Ferry became less practical.  The state of Rhode Island would not build a bridge, but private investors began construction in 1927.  At a cost of 4 million dollars, the 6,130 foot suspension bridge was the longest bridge in New England when it opened on October 24, 1929.  Opening parades and celebrations included up to 25,000 cars.