Sakonnet Bridge toll public comment period ends next week

Jan 8, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The public comment period for a plan to put tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge is coming to a close. Residents have until the end of next week to get their comments in.

Sakonnet River bridge under construction
Credit RI Dept. of Transportation

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it has received 500 pieces of correspondence on the subject.

The state plans to skip tolls booths and instead erect what looks like a crosswalk that will automatically deduct tolls from E-ZPass owners and send the rest a bill. That toll gate will either span across the Sakonnet Bridge or across roads in one of three nearby locations. Those locations are in Portsmouth, Tiverton, and at the Massachusetts state line.

RIDOT says tolls are needed to help pay for bridge maintenance, along with the upkeep of the Pell, Jamestown and Mt Hope bridges.

Construction on the Sakonnet Bridge toll gate could start as soon as this summer.

Read the report:

You can read RIDOT’s report on tolling the Sakonnet River Bridge here.

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