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RI News
8:32 am
Tue August 13, 2013

10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge

The Turnpike and Bridge Authority is scheduled to meet before the tolls go into effect next week.
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The state is slated to begin charging a new 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge next Monday.  Yet it’s not exactly clear how the state will collect that money.

The General Assembly added the 10-cent toll, basically as a placeholder, at the end of the legislative session. The legislature took that action because the absence of a toll on the new span could prevent the state from adding one at a later date. State Rep John Edwards of Tiverton says the toll remains unpopular in the East Bay.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue June 11, 2013

House Committee Considering Alternative to Sakonnet River Toll

Proposed legislation would pay for the Sakonnet River Bridge with an increase in vehicle inspection fees.
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The House Finance Committee is slated Tuesday to consider a bill to block a toll planned for the Sakonnet River Bridge. The legislation would use a different approach to pay for bridge maintenance.

Legislation co-sponsored by state Representative John Edwards uses increased vehicle inspection fees and other sources to pay for keeping up bridges. The bill would also expand the oversight of the state Turnpike and Bridge Authority to cover all bridges longer than 700 feet.

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Environment
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Advocates Protest Legislation Allowing Schools on Toxic Sites

Environmental advocates gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to protest legislation that would roll back restrictions that prevent schools from building on toxic sites.

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Transportation
8:10 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Hearing in Tiverton to consider RIPTA bus service

RIPTA bus
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will hold a hearing Monday on restoring bus service to Tiverton.  Tiverton hasn’t had bus service in nearly five years. It was suspended when weight limits were placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

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RI News
4:42 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Legislation aims to keep tolls off Sakonnet Bridge

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) Governor Lincoln Chafee’s keeping mum on whether he would veto legislation that keeps tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. State Rep. John Edwards of Tiverton says he plans to introduce a bill that keeps the Sakonnet Bridge from transferring over to the state’s Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Edwards calls the toll a tax and says the state should be able to pay for maintenance with general funds. Chafee says the state needs to pay for maintenance somehow and there are no easy decisions.

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