Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?

Danger Bridge, Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?, The Travel Bug Bite

Danger Bridge is located in Oakland Beach, yet you won’t find it on most maps. It is a great spot to view the sunset and most locals use it as a meeting spot for walks on the beach. The spoiler here is that Danger Bridge is not dangerous at all, the name came about in the most hilarious way. But we’ll get to that. Danger Bridge is located on Sea View Drive and you can find it on the map below. It appears as though it’s a plain road with land underneath, however this is not the case.

Danger Bridge, Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?, The Travel Bug Bite

It doesn’t get any easier to see if you zoom in. The exact address is:

425-499 Sea View Dr
Warwick, RI 02889
41.687599, -71.401889

Danger Bridge, Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?, The Travel Bug Bite

History of Danger Bridge

On November 5th, 2013, Mayor Scott Avedisan revealed a stone plaque on the sidewalk of the newly restored bridge. We pass it every day and it still looks great. It also makes us laugh every day, because it says Danger Bridge – and the bridge could NOT be any less dangerous. It was City Council President Donna Travis who fought to convince the Mayor to keep the name as she campaigned for its restoration.

Donna Travis had grown up near the bridge and had played on, under or next to the bridge throughout her childhood. By 2008 the bridge had become in serious need of reconstruction. At the time, it may have actually been a little dangerous. Today it is once again restored and glorious! The perfect spot to enjoy some of Oakland’s Beach beauty.

Why “Danger?”

“The area near Danger Bridge, which is located on Sea View Drive in Oakland Beach, was privately owned and known as Horse Neck; it was part of the original “Four Mile Purchase.”

The bridge, which was constructed in 1885, served as a link between Horse Neck and the rest of Oakland Beach. Because it was very narrow and poorly lit, warning signs reading “Danger Bridge” were installed. The name stuck.”

Warwick Beacon
Danger Bridge, Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?, The Travel Bug Bite

Summary

My husband, our dogs and I often visit Danger Bridge. We love to see the sunset from here and if you come at the time time of the year, you can see the moonrise reflected in the lake on the other side. Here are some photos of our adventures. Also, there are apparently old post cards that feature the bridge and I will be on a mission to acquire some! Once I do, I will post them here on this blog.

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Danger Bridge, Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?, The Travel Bug Bite

Danger Bridge, Danger Bridge at Oakland Beach – The Most Dangerous Bridge in RI?, The Travel Bug Bite

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