Portsmouth Continues to Fight Sakonnet River Bridge Tolls

Jun 11, 2013

The town of Portsmouth is continuing to challenge the imminent imposition of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The town is appealing a federal court decision issued last week which allowed the tolling to proceed. Portsmouth town solicitor said they’ve asked the First Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited ruling on their request for an injunction because the tolls are scheduled to start next month.

"Our argument will essentially be that the district court judge made several mistaken rulings based on mistakes of law in his denial of the town’s request for a preliminary injunction last week."

The town argues that the tolls violate a federal law which prohibiting tolls on federally funded bridges and highways unless they’re new. The bridge opened without tolls last year, so the town argues the bridge is not new.

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