Sakonnet River Bridge

Transportation
12:34 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

RI Turnpike Authority: Toll Freeze Could Violate Promises Made in Bonds

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says it’s worried that a toll freeze on the Sakonnet River Bridge may violate promises the authority made in previous bond sales.

When the Turnpike and Bridge Authority put bonds up for sale, it made a promise to bond buyers that it would not take on assets that didn’t come with a revenue stream. That way, says Chairman David Darlington, the authority doesn’t get loaded down with bridges it can pay for. He says delaying tolls on the Sakonnet Bridge puts the Turnpike and Bridge Authority in conflict with those promises.

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Politics
7:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

2014 State Budget Passes in the House

Speaker Gordon Fox on the second night of debate over the 2014 State Budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Rhode Island House of Representations Wednesday passed a budget that includes the first repayment for money owed over the state’s losing investment in video-game maker 38 Studios.  Taxpayers remain on the hook for a total of about 90 million dollars.

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RI News
8:32 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Portsmouth Continues to Fight Sakonnet River Bridge Tolls

The town of Portsmouth is continuing to challenge the imminent imposition of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The town is appealing a federal court decision issued last week which allowed the tolling to proceed. Portsmouth town solicitor said they’ve asked the First Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited ruling on their request for an injunction because the tolls are scheduled to start next month.

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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.
Credit Courtesy RI DOT

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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RI News
3:51 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Tiverton Looks to Join Lawsuit Blocking Sakonnet Bridge Tolls

The Tiverton Town Council meets Tuesday night to vote on joining Portsmouth and Bristol in challenging the tolls that will be placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge this summer. The seven-member Tiverton Town Council is expected to join the lawsuit.

Just about everybody in Tiverton uses the Sakonnet River Bridge and they’re not one bit happy about the prospect of paying a toll for the privilege starting July 1st.

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Transportation
8:10 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Hearing in Tiverton to consider RIPTA bus service

RIPTA bus
Credit RIPR file

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

Credit RIDOT

(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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RI News
5:29 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Sakonnet Bridge toll public comment period ends next week

Sakonnet River bridge under construction
Credit RI Dept. of Transportation

(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.

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

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