RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority Yet To Establish Toll Collection Policy

Aug 14, 2013

A 10-cent toll will go into effect next Monday on the Sakonnet River Bridge.  The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has not yet established a new policy for collecting the tolls.

The General Assembly set the new 10-cent toll in the closing days of the legislative session earlier this summer. Turnpike and Bridge Authority Chairman David Darlington said the authority needs to gather more information before making a new policy.

"What I think is probably the more prudent thing to do is for us is let the tolls begin on the 19th and then we can get actual numbers and actual information about how many folks are using EZPass, how many folks are infrequent users, how many people are using it frequently and not paying," said Darlington.

The legislature added the 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet basically as a placeholder. That came after lawmakers learned the absence of a toll on the new bridge could prevent tolls from ever being added there.

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