Bridge Authority Adds Toll Hearings in Newport, Jamestown
The meetings follow two this week in Bristol and Portsmouth.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) announced today that it will hold two additional public hearings this month to continue its conversation with the public about its revenue needs and tolling options.
RITBA held its first session Wednesday night in Bristol, where approximately 100 residents came out, many to express displeasure with a proposal to add tolling back to the Mt. Hope Bridge. Another session is being held tonight at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth High School.
The additional meetings will be at the following locations:
- Monday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Jamestown Library, 26 North Road
- Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.: Newport Marriott, 1 America's Cup Avenue
At the Bristol meeting last night, RITBA Chairman David Darlington discussed the reality that the tolls on the Pell Bridge are the authority's only source of revenue. According to Darlington, they don't raise enough money from the Pell Bridge toll booths to maintain it and the Mt. Hope Bridge for the next 10 years.