RITBA votes to delay toll increase

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JAMESTOWN — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) this morning voted to delay the toll increases on both the Newport Pell Bridge and Sakonnet River Bridge that had been scheduled for May 16.

In March, the board had voted to raise the toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge from 10 cents to 50 cents (E-ZPass rate) and $3.75 (non E-ZPass), and on the Newport Pell Bridge from 83 cents to $1.04 (E-ZPass rate) to meet its revenue needs.

Stephen Waluk, RITBA acting chairman, said the delay was needed to allow policymakers to make decisions on pending legislation about the future of all four Aquidneck Island bridges. He said RITBA has enough cash on hand for the agency to pay its bills for the time being.

The implementation is delayed until June 12.

Wednesday's meeting followed the abrupt resignation of David Darlington as RITBA chairman.

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