Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority http://ripr.org en RI Bridge Authority Approves Median Along Pell Bridge http://ripr.org/post/ri-bridge-authority-approves-median-along-pell-bridge <p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to install a median barrier along the bridge.</p><p>There is currently a line of yellow dividers down the center of the bridge, acting as a kind of visual barrier to keep drivers in their lanes. Those dividers will be replaced with a median barrier to prevent accidents caused by drivers crossing over into on-coming traffic.</p><p>Calls for a barrier on the Pell Bridge grew louder back in January after a deadly head-on collision on Christmas Eve.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:29:56 +0000 Catherine Welch 35017 at http://ripr.org RI Bridge Authority Approves Median Along Pell Bridge RI Turnpike Authority: May Need To Raise Pell Bridge Tolls http://ripr.org/post/ri-turnpike-authority-may-need-raise-pell-bridge-tolls <p>The head of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is warning lawmakers that if they extend a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge, then it may need to return the bridge to the state.</p><p>In a letter to lawmakers authority chairman David Darlington said pushing the expiration of the Sakonnet’s 10-cent toll from April 1<sup>st</sup> to July 1<sup>st</sup> may force the authority to consider returning the Sakonnet and Jamestown bridges to the state and raise tolls on the Newport Pell Bridge.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 30654 at http://ripr.org RI Turnpike Authority: May Need To Raise Pell Bridge Tolls Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org/post/efforts-continue-end-tolls-sakonnet-river-bridge <p>The House Finance Committee will take up legislation Tuesday centered on funding bridge repair and keeping tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. Lawmakers also want to hang on to the bridge's current ten-cent toll for a few more months.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:59:24 +0000 Catherine Welch 30635 at http://ripr.org Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge Family To File Wrongful Death Suit Againt RI Turnpike And Bridge Authority http://ripr.org/post/family-file-wrongful-death-suit-againt-ri-turnpike-and-bridge-authority <p>The families of two people who died in a head-on crash on the Pell Bridge will file a wrongful death suit today against the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and other state entities. The filing of the lawsuit comes on the second anniversary of the fatal crash.</p><p></p><p></p><p>On October 21, 2011 Kenny Prior and Kathy Meunier were driving across the Claiborne Pell Bridge when their vehicle was hit head-one by a car that crossed the median. Both died as a result of their injuries.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:51:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 23514 at http://ripr.org Family To File Wrongful Death Suit Againt RI Turnpike And Bridge Authority Bills On The Way To Collect Sakonnet River Bridge Toll http://ripr.org/post/bills-way-collect-sakonnet-river-bridge-toll <p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is ramping up efforts to collect the 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Chairman David Darlington said there are 750,000 records of drivers who have crossed the bridge without being charged. Now the authority is ready to collect.</p><p>If you have an E-ZPass, it will be charged. If you don&rsquo;t own an E-ZPass and have crossed the Sakonnet Bridge fewer than 25 times, you will not receive a bill. But after you make that 25<sup>th</sup> trip, the authority will send out a bill of at least $2.50.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:19:49 +0000 Catherine Welch 22968 at http://ripr.org Bills On The Way To Collect Sakonnet River Bridge Toll Protesters Demonstrate Against The Sakonnet River Tolls http://ripr.org/post/protesters-demonstrate-against-sakonnet-river-tolls <p>Starting this Monday morning, it will cost you a dime to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge.&nbsp; The toll went into effect at midnight over the objections of protesters.</p><p></p><p></p><p>About 100 people hung over the sides of the Sakonnet River Bridge Sunday evening waving American flags and signs saying “No Tolls” and “Stop the Theft.” Motorists honked in agreement.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:03:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 20266 at http://ripr.org Protesters Demonstrate Against The Sakonnet River Tolls RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority Yet To Establish Toll Collection Policy http://ripr.org/post/ri-turnpike-and-bridge-authority-yet-establish-toll-collection-policy <p>A 10-cent toll will go into effect next Monday on the Sakonnet River Bridge.&nbsp; The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has not yet established a new policy for collecting the tolls.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The General Assembly set the new 10-cent toll in the closing days of the legislative session earlier this summer. Turnpike and Bridge Authority Chairman David Darlington said the authority needs to gather more information before making a new policy.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:28:40 +0000 Ian Donnis 20051 at http://ripr.org 10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org/post/10-cent-tolls-set-begin-sakonnet-river-bridge <p>The state is slated to begin charging a new 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge next Monday.&nbsp; Yet it’s not exactly clear how the state will collect that money.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The General Assembly added the 10-cent toll, basically as a placeholder, at the end of the legislative session. The legislature took that action because the absence of a toll on the new span could prevent the state from adding one at a later date. State Rep John Edwards of Tiverton says the toll remains unpopular in the East Bay.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:32:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 19976 at http://ripr.org 10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge RI Turnpike Authority: You Can't Bill Somebody for a Ten-Cent Toll http://ripr.org/post/ri-turnpike-authority-you-cant-bill-somebody-ten-cent-toll <p>The head of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it’s going to take some time to figure out how to collect tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge from drivers who don’t have an E-ZPass.</p><p>A toll gate will collect tolls electronically, with an extra fee tacked on for drivers who lack an E-ZPass and need a bill sent in the mail. But since the toll is now only a dime, Turnpike and Bridge Authority chairman David Darlington said they’ll have to find a cost-effective way to send those bills.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:12:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 17852 at http://ripr.org RI Turnpike Authority: You Can't Bill Somebody for a Ten-Cent Toll RI Drivers Get a Break on E-ZPass to Help With Sakonnet Bridge Tolls http://ripr.org/post/ri-drivers-get-break-e-zpass-help-sakonnet-bridge-tolls <p>Although court challenges are still in the pipeline, a federal judge’s refusal to block tolling of the Sakonnet River Bridge makes it increasingly likely that tolls will be collected, starting early next month. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is taking steps to reduce the cost of tolls.</p><p>For a limited time beginning June 25<sup>th</sup>, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will discount the cost of an E-ZPass transponder. The usual price of $20.95 will be cut to $10 and the Authority will apply a $10 credit to the E-ZPass account.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:46:05 +0000 Flo Jonic 16477 at http://ripr.org RI Drivers Get a Break on E-ZPass to Help With Sakonnet Bridge Tolls