RI Drivers Get a Break on E-ZPass to Help With Sakonnet Bridge Tolls

Jun 6, 2013

Although court challenges are still in the pipeline, a federal judge’s refusal to block tolling of the Sakonnet River Bridge makes it increasingly likely that tolls will be collected, starting early next month. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is taking steps to reduce the cost of tolls.

For a limited time beginning June 25th, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will discount the cost of an E-ZPass transponder. The usual price of $20.95 will be cut to $10 and the Authority will apply a $10 credit to the E-ZPass account.

Tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge are expected to kick in next month. They will be as high as $5.25 for drivers without an E-ZPass.
Credit RI DOT

Dave Darlington, chairman of the Turnpike and Bridge Authority, says it’s an attempt to lessen the pain on Rhode Islanders who will soon be charged to cross the re-built Sakonnet River Bridge.

“The reason we’re doing this is because the Sakonnet River Bridge tolling is going to come on line in early July and we want to make it as easy as possible for folks to get the lowest rate,” said Darlington. “So just like we did when we opened E-ZPass at the Pell Bridge, we want to make getting an E-ZPass as easy and inexpensive as possible.”

Having an E-ZPass will be a big cost saver. With a pass, it costs Rhode Islanders only $.75 to cross the bridge each way, without it, the cost is $5.25.

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