EZPass Will Save Drivers Money on the Sakonnet Bridge

Apr 8, 2013

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is working out how much it will charge drivers to cross the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The authority will charge less for drivers with an EZPass.

Forget what you know about people collecting tolls by hand. On the Sakonnet Bridge, a metal arm-like structure will stretch across all lanes. Armed with cameras and sensors this mechanism will either collect tolls by reading a driver’s EZPass or by taking a picture of the car and sending a bill by mail. That bill will come with a surcharge, says Turnpike and Bridge Authority Chairman David Darlington.

“There will be a $1.50 surcharge for a video toll, every time," Darlington says. "So each notice they get will encourage them to get an EZPass because it will be less expensive for them.”

Darlington says the Turnpike and Bridge Authority wants to set toll prices by mid-month and start tolling drivers by the end of the July, providing the federal government gives its final go ahead.