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Decorative bridge lights —Like ’em or not?

By   /  September 6, 2013  /  News  /  3 Comments

The colored Sakonnet Bridge lights, as seen from the southbound lanes on the Portsmouth side Sunday night.

The colored ‘decorative’ lights are now being lit most nights on the Sakonnet River Bridge. We want to know what people think of them. Let us know by participating in our on-line poll.

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Letter: It’s not about the dime, folks, it’s the principle when it comes to tolls

By   /  September 1, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  2 Comments

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To the editor, It’s not the dime folks…..it is the principle of the issue…Three Bridges to get onto the Island….Two have tolls….the economy is miserable enough on the Island…and R.I…..why ruin it even more????? We will just try to avoid the area all together….it is a good thing we really do not have to go […]

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Protesters crowd Sakonnet Bridge to demand no tolls

By   /  August 18, 2013  /  News  /  2 Comments

“I’m a contractor and I have two pickup trucks and it’s going to cost me a lot of money — not at 10 cents but at whatever they raise it up to eventually. It’s going to hurt me and my business,” said Mike Gifford of Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Anywhere from 200 to 350 people — depending on whose numbers you believe — took to the Sakonnet River Bridge bike path Sunday evening armed with signs of protest and and a clear message to the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA): Don’t toll us. The tolling gantry on the bridge is expected to […]

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RITBA chief comments on Sakonnet River Bridge sabotage Saturday morning

By   /  August 17, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News, Police & Crime  /  2 Comments

The colored Sakonnet Bridge lights, as seen from the southbound lanes on the Portsmouth side Sunday night.

PROVIDENCE — David Darlington, Chairman of the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) released a statement on the sabotage of equipment on the Sakonnet River Bridge in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Aug. 16. “Today, at approximately 1 a.m. equipment on the Sakonnet River Bridge was intentionally damaged by fire. Police and fire responded […]

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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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Letter: Sakonnet Bridge lighting design too limited

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: In consideration of the Coast Guard restriction of the colors red and green being used for navigation, the effects (regarding the colored lights on the Sakonnet River Bridge) may have limited impact for special events and holidays. For example, the two most popular holidays have colors that are restricted: Christmas (red and […]

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What do you think of the colorful Sakonnet Bridge lights?

By   /  July 14, 2013  /  Breaking News, News  /  6 Comments

The colored Sakonnet Bridge lights, as seen from the southbound lanes on the Portsmouth side Sunday night.

PORTSMOUTH — As promised, the colorful “decorative” vertical lights on the Sakonnet River Bridge were finally switched on for an extended period Sunday night, bathing the span in a lavender hue. Until Sunday, drivers and those who live near the bridge only saw the LED lights — installed on the bridge deck’s light bulbs — for […]

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House, Senate leaders appoint lawmakers to commission to study funding for state bridge maintenance

By   /  July 11, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  3 Comments

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PROVIDENCE – Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox and President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed announced their appointments to the Special Legislative Commission to Study the Funding for Bridges today. Senate members of the commission will include Senate Finance Chairman Daniel Da Ponte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) and Senators Louis P. DiPalma […]

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Sakonnet Bridge’s ‘decorative’ lights: pretty or pollution?

By   /  July 3, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

An earlier illustration of the decorative lights shows them shining red, although the state says red and green have been ruled out because they are used for Coast Guard navigation lights.

They haven’t even been switched on yet, but the decorative lights meant to add a “signature touch” to the new Sakonnet River Bridge already have their critics. Installed on the bridge deck’s light poles, the LED lights are arrayed to point upward along the poles to create vertical lines of colored light. The poles themselves […]

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East Providence Rep. Melo says FY14 state budget was best lawmakers could construct

By   /  July 2, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  1 Comment

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PROVIDENCE — Having spent the previous 48 hours arduously attempting to pilot its passage, East Providence’s Helio Melo, the Rhode Island House of Representatives Finance Committee chairman, reflected upon the Fiscal Year 2014 state budget he helped craft during a conversation Friday afternoon, June 28, in his office on the third floor of the State […]

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