10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge

Aug 13, 2013

The state is slated to begin charging a new 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge next Monday.  Yet it’s not exactly clear how the state will collect that money.

The Turnpike and Bridge Authority is scheduled to meet before the tolls go into effect next week.
Credit Courtesy RI DOT

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.

"We’re tolling the working class people who are going to be coming across the SRB and that’s basically what this is, this is just a working class bridge and all you’re doing is adding another tax to the people who work every single day who cross that bridge," said Edwards.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has not publicly finalized its plans for collecting the 10-cent toll from motorists. The Authority’s head says one approach may consist of using EZ-pass to bill frequent users of the bridge.

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