Doherty to side with critics of new toll on Sakonnet River bridge

Sep 5, 2012

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty is getting a jump start before next Tuesday’s Democratic primary skirmish between David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma. He’s holding a news conference tomorrow to latch onto a populist issue:

Brendan Doherty, candidate for Congress from Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, will hold a news conference discussing his concerns about the planned $4.00 tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. Brendan will suggest federal remedies for reforms that might provide relief over the new planned tolls. East Bay and Aquidneck Island residents are infuriated over the prospect of having to pay tolls to cross the new bridge. The new bridge will open soon connecting Tiverton with Aquidneck Island and will serve drivers throughout the region.

Who: Brendan Doherty – First District Congressional Candidate

What: News conference

When: Thursday, September 6 at 9:30am

Where: Corner of Riverview Avenue and Central Avenue, overlooking the new bridge from the Tiverton side. Riverview Avenue intersects Main Road near the bridge in Tiverton.

Why: A $4.00 toll (with some local discounts) is another economic roadblock for the region.  Some families fear the toll could cost them $1,500 to $2,500 a year, a real blow to families who must rely on the bridge for business and daily activities.

A recent Channel 12 poll showed Cicilline with the edge headed into Tuesday’s primary.