RIPR News
5:26 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Tolls for the Mount Hope Bridge?

PROVIDENCE, RI – Residents will have a chance to speak out Wednesday night about plans to put tolls back on the Mount Hope Bridge linking Bristol to Aquidneck Island.

The Mount Hope Bridge opened as a toll bridge in 1929. Nearly 70 years later, in 1998, the tolls came off. Now the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is looking to bring back tolls to pay for construction on both the Mount Hope Bridge and Newport Pell Bridge.

Turnpike officials will show residents a study that outlines five different tolling plans. The cheapest plan for drivers charges 10 cents a trip and the most expensive plan charges 83cents, with every plan offering commuters a break.

There's a $3.2 million price tag for retrofitting the bridge with toll booths, and staffing costs that are projected to reach $430,000 by 2020.

Read the Study
Read the Mount Hope Bridge toll feasibility study here

Want to Go?
October 5th Jacky's Galaxy, 383 Metacom Avenue in Bristol at 7:00 pm
October 6th Portsmouth High School at 7:00pm

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