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Report: No Tolls for Sakonnet River Bridge in State Budget

Details of the budget plan will be released on Thursday.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Rhode Island Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello said that the proposed state budget to be unveiled Thursday will include no tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

It is not clear how there will be no toll nor what's the status of the widely-discussed infrastructure plan proposed by a group of Aquidneck Island legislators that would have dramatically changed the way the state's roads and bridges are funded and maintained.

“It’s ultimately going to be a very good budget, not without any sacrifice, but I believe the budget is one that overall, people are going to be very pleased with,” Mattiello told the Providence Journal.

In recent weeks, it was increasingly expected that the toll issue would end up being addressed in the state budget rather than specific legislation despite the Senate voting in favor of the infrastructure bill last month. That bill called for a Transportation Infrastructure Fund as a restricted receipt account within the Rhode Island Intermodal Surface Transportation Fund. Additionally, ownership of the Sakonnet River and Mount Hope bridges would be transferred to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) and the ability to toll those bridges would be revoked.

The bill further required all funds and revenue generated by the establishment of the uninsured motorist identification database be deposited into the Transportation Infrastructure Fund.

Jimbo June 04, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Mitigating is better than litigating.
electrik Mike June 04, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Almost Summer and the Winter sand, salt and debris still hasn't been swept off the bridge just like they did with the old Sakonnet Bridge. As others have said, combine RIBTA and DOT into a more streamlined efficient operation, save money and may get more accomplished.
Bee June 05, 2014 at 06:44 AM
Wow, more complaints, really? The people's voices have been heard. Many have worked hard for this outcome. I, for one, am thankful.
Bee June 05, 2014 at 06:45 AM
But I do have to agree with Costanza's comment about HealthSource RI!!

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