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Wed January 15, 2014
Report Offers Different Ways To Pay For Bridge Funding
The legislative commission formed after controversy erupted over tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge will present a report Wednesday at the Statehouse. The report looks at ways to fund the maintenance of Rhode Island’s bridges.
After much ado, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority capped the Sakonnet Bridge toll at ten-cents until lawmakers can come up with an alternative.
Commission member Rep. Jay Edwards said lawmakers better come up with a solution before the cap expires April 1st. “Well in my opinion something definitely has to happen before April 1st,” said Edwards, “otherwise I’m going to be running across the Sakonnet Bridge tarred and feathered.”
Edwards said it will take the state ten years to come up with the nearly $1 billion it needs to maintain the state’s bridges. He said much of that money can be found by dipping into various state funds and eliminating debts.
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