Public meeting held on bridge tolls

Sakonnet River Bridge tolls

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — State Senator Christopher Ottiano held a public meeting Wednesday concerning the infamous tolls on the Sakonnet River bridge.

In the meeting, Ottiano addressed a piece of legislation set to go before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday which — if passed– would establish a fund to eliminate the current ten cent toll.

The bill would make up most of the revenue from diverting existing revenue of spending cuts and would raise $17.5 million through a temporary 5 percent surcharge to Department of Motor Vehicles fees. The legislation would also make the bridge authority a division of the Department of Transportation and allow the DOT and the authority to use less expensive state general obligation bonds for future projects.

The bill will be heard just one week after lawmakers introduced a bill which would prohibit the state’s Turnpike and Bridge Authority from raising the 10-cent toll before July.

 

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