RI Turnpike Authority: Not Suprised Restraining Order Was Refused

May 30, 2013

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it’s not surprised that a federal judge refused to issue a restraining order to block tolling of the Sakonnet River Bridge.

Because tolling wasn’t part of the original construction plan approved by the Federal Highway Administration, the state had to go back and amend its environmental impact statement. The Town of Portsmouth filed a lawsuit, saying the amended impact statement is flawed. Chairman for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, David Darlington, said he’s confident the paperwork was properly filed.

“I would be loathed to try to predict what a judge is going to do, but our attorneys are comfortable that everything we’ve done to get to this point is all within the law,” said Darlington.

Tolls are scheduled to kick in starting in July. They will range from $.75 to $5.25, depending on whether a driver has an E-ZPass.

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