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A car passes under the Sakonnet River Bridge gantry on June 20 — the last day tolls were collected.  Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth seeks toll refund

Portsmouth seeks toll refund

PORTSMOUTH — Now that a toll has been eliminated from the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Town of Portsmouth is going after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) for reimbursement of the “illegal” levy collected, which is said to be approaching a total of $1 million. The town first filed suit in U.S. District Court

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Letter: Opposition to Sakonnet Bridge toll is not ‘hysteria’

To the editor: Recently, Ms. Carolyn Booth of Newport wrote to Newport This Week and the ProJo about the toll issue. Our response: Correct, the anti-toll groups do not speak for all of Newport County. Senate President Paiva-Weed’s and Rep. Martin’s positions are well known and understood. We respect them for doing the right thing

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Experts for Portsmouth: Federal law prohibits Sakonnet Bridge toll

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Federal law prohibits the implementation of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, say two experts whose written testimony has been included in the Town of Portsmouth’s lawsuit to get the toll removed. Portsmouth Town Solicitor Kevin Gavin, in a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence, included the opinion signed by Marcus

Native Americans and people dressed up as historical figures from the past took part in the festivities when the Mt. Hope Bridge opened on Oct. 24, 1929.

Mt. Hope Bridge connecting Bristol, Portsmouth turns 84

PORTSMOUTH/BRISTOL — Mt. Hope Bridge Opening on Thursday Biggest Event of Similar Nature Ever Held in This Part of Country,” blared the front page of the Oct. 22, 1929 Bristol Phoenix, then a twice-weekly priced at two cents. While the headline-writer could have been accused of hyperbole, the bridge opening was indeed a spectacle to which

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