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Portsmouth ‘road diet’ hearing is Monday

By   /  March 30, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

A proposed road diet would reduce a section of Bristol Ferry Road to one lane in each direction.

PORTSMOUTH — Want to put in your two cents regarding a proposed “road diet” for Bristol Ferry Road? If so, you’ll want to be at Town Hall Monday night, March 31. Officials from the R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be meeting with the Town Council for the expressed purpose of gathering public comment on […]

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Tri-town meeting in Portsmouth to focus on tolls, ferry

By   /  December 2, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Town councils from three municipalities will meet in executive session tonight, Dec. 2, to discuss litigation regarding the Sakonnet River Bridge tolls as well as the Prudence Island ferry service. The rare tri-town meeting — Portsmouth, Bristol and Tiverton — starts at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. Members of the public […]

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Letter: Don’t forget to toll Pawtucket River Bridge

By   /  September 10, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: The Pawtucket River Bridge was opened this week with great fanfare. I would like to remind our state legislators and Gov. Chafee not to forget to maintain this bridge. I would suggest imposing a toll on the Pawtucket River Bridge, like the new Sakonnet River Bridge, to cover the maintenance costs. Robert […]

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Legislators try to delay July 10 Sakonnet toll start

By   /  June 26, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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Unless the General Assembly passes an amendment today that would push back the Sakonnet River Bridge tolls until at least April 2014, the chairman of the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) says the gantry will be activated on July 10. As reported earlier, East Bay lawmakers prevailed Tuesday in their efforts to gain full […]

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Portsmouth files suit to stop tolls

By   /  April 23, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

The Town of Portsmouth is suing to prevent tolls from being place on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

PORTSMOUTH — Its letters of protest ignored, the town has made good on its threat to pursue legal action to stop tolls from going in on the Sakonnet River Bridge. To cheers and applause from the audience, the Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to direct Town Solicitor Kevin Gavin to submit a complaint in […]

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Portsmouth considers lawsuit over tolls

By   /  April 17, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night will consider filing a lawsuit to stop tolls from being implemented on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The draft lawsuit prepared by Town Solicitor Kevin Gavin would be filed in U.S. District Court and names the Town of Portsmouth as the plaintiff. Defendants are listed as Michael P. Lewis, director […]

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Speak now on tolls or …

By   /  November 27, 2012  /  Editorials  /  2 Comments

People here can be forgiven if they doubt the sincerity of the Rhode Island’s after-the fact “economic impact study” on Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. After all, the toll plan was hustled through the state budget process without study and there is no indication that planners have seriously contemplated any alternative revenue plan. But when these […]

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Tiverton residents take action against tolls

By   /  September 21, 2012  /  News  /  3 Comments

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TIVERTON — Area residents are forming a committee called Tiverton  ’STOP ’ (Sakonnet Toll Opposition Platform ) to halt the placing of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.   Tiverton’s initial STOP  meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 6:30 pm,in  Tiverton Town Hall, 343 Highland Road. The meeting is open to all.   The committee is asking all interested residents to attend and […]

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