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Toll protesters to gather on Sakonnet Bridge bike path Sunday

By   /  August 14, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

John Vitkevich pedals along the bike path on the Sakonnet River Bridge shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. In the background, fellow protester Dr. Ron Marsh speaks to a reporter. Mr. Vitkevich and others are gearing up for a protest on the bridge's bike path starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — John Vitkevich doesn’t know exactly what will happen Sunday night when he — and hopefully many others, he said — will gather on the Sakonnet River Bridge bike path to protest a toll set to begin the following day. But he’s willing to spend a night in jail to get his point across, he said. “I’m […]

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Judge throws Portsmouth off bridge; nixes toll challenge, again

By   /  June 6, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  17 Comments

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TIVERTON —After an hour and a half of argument from lawyers for the Town of Portsmouth and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux decisively ruled against Portsmouth in the town’s fight to stop tolls on the Sakonnet River bridge. “I will not issue a preliminary injunction […]

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Letter: In opposition to Sakonnet Bridge tolls

By   /  April 25, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: I continue to be strongly opposed to establishing tolls of any amount on the Sakonnet Bridge. Tolling is neither necessary nor reasonable. It is less than a courageous reach for a quick and easy supplemental revenue source by our governor and general assembly and a shirking of their responsibilities to ensure that […]

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Toll alert: wake up Little Comptonites

By   /  November 6, 2012  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: Whether or not you travel the Sakonnet River Bridge, you should think twice and worry about a toll being placed on it next year. Think about it. Little Compton sends four or more buses to Portsmouth High School daily, five days a week, 180 days a year, not counting late buses and […]

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Director Lewis: please answer toll questions

By   /  October 9, 2012  /  Government & Politics, Letters to the Editor, News  /  No Comments

To the editor: This is an open letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Director Michael P. Lewis, asking him some questions and to clarify statements he made about tolls on March 26, 2012, that were reported in a Newport Daily News article on March 27, 2010, entitled “DOT director: Toll needed on new bridge.” The article […]

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Sakonnet area group to protest tolls

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  News  /  No Comments

Photos by Richard W Dionne Jr
The new Sakonnet River Bridge opens two North bound lanes up to traffic.

TIVERTON/PORTSMOUTH — An opening ceremony for the new Sakonnet Bridge is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m.. Although the event is not yet officially confirmed, the STOP Committee (the group opposed to the tolls), its organizers have announced, is “calling out its members to attend politely with small signs to protest the imposition of […]

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Tiverton council meets for record short 42 minutes

By   /  September 25, 2012  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

TIVERTON — For about 42 minutes Monday night the Tiverton Town Council met, discussed and voted on several matters, then adjourned, setting a record for brevity unmatched in the last several years. Councilors David Nelson and Brett Pelletier were absent. No one signed up to speak at the council’s “open public forum,” a regular agenda […]

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