Protesters Demonstrate Against The Sakonnet River Tolls

Aug 19, 2013

Starting this Monday morning, it will cost you a dime to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge.  The toll went into effect at midnight over the objections of protesters.

Protestors camped out on the Sakonnet River Bridge to protest the implementation of tolls.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.

It may be only a dime to cross the Sakonnet now, but local residents fear what it will go up to after a phase in period ends next spring. For some people a more realistic toll could be very costly.   Alan Silvia lives in Portsmouth and owns an auto dealership across the bridge in Tiverton.

"I go over this bridge minimum of ten times a day. So if you figure its $3.75 ten times a day. The ten cent toll is ridiculous. Do you plan on paying it? No, I don’t. Let them send me the bill," said Silvia.

Meanwhile, a state police  investigation continues into whomever set fire to bridge equipment Saturday morning. The damaged equipment powered the toll collection mechanism. It was quickly repaired.

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