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East Bay pols, residents once again question need for tolls on Sakonnet River Bridge

By   /  October 18, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  2 Comments

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PROVIDENCE — The Special Legislative Commission on infrastructure heard an overview of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority’s extended operational plans as well as the impassioned testimony of local lawmakers and residents along with the input of a financial expert at the second meeting of the body held Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 35 […]

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Letter: Citizens helpless against RITBA’s dumb rules

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: Here’s how government can change the neutral citizen into a really peeved citizen. It started with the 18-year-old kid. During the Sakonnet River Bridge toll controversy, I’ve been a passive-lazy user; I already have E-ZPass and don’t travel the Sakonnet very much, anyway. Today I tried adding another transponder, for a new […]

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Letter: Forty trips on bridge so far and no bill yet

By   /  September 16, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: After reading your Sept. 12 article, “Multi-trip toll deal cut short by RITBA,” I checked my E-ZPass account online, since I must have driven 40 times across the Sakonnet River Bridge since tolling began on Aug. 19. Interestingly, my account has been charged for none of these trips, although I continue to […]

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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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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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Letter: Hats off to Jeanne Smith on tolls

By   /  June 17, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  5 Comments

To the editor: Jeanne Smith worked tirelessly to stop the tolls on the new Sakonnet Bridge — busing people to the State House in Providence, collecting signatures opposing the bridge tolls, (organizing) meetings in high schools in Portsmouth and Tiverton and having signs made so we in the Bay area could express ourselves. Well, 500 people […]

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Letter: Toll for local drivers should be a nickel

By   /  June 14, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: Last week, unbeknownst to just about all Rhode Islanders, three well-known celebrities passed through Rhode Island. The governor and his honchos caught wind of this and thought this would make for a great photo op. With cameras clicking, video rolling, and microphones in place, everything was going according to plan. That is, […]

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Letter: Withhold budget vote until tolls repealed

By   /  June 7, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: The bridge toll debate could have turned out much differently. As we near the end of this legislative session, our representatives and senators will be taking one of the most important votes of the year when the final budget is voted out of the respective finance committees. The vote is important for […]

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Portsmouth residents complain of bridge noise

By   /  May 30, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

The toll tower goes up on the Portsmouth side of the Sakonnet River Bridge recently.

PORTSMOUTH — David Gleason’s complaints that the Sakonnet River Bridge work has repeatedly violated the town’s noise ordinance have fallen on deaf ears. The Town Council member lives on Massasoit Avenue, the southernmost street in Common Fence Point and directly parallel to Rte. 24 and the Sakonnet River Bridge. He and neighbors have been besieged […]

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