Poll: Should the Council Approve Tolls On New Sakonnet River Bridge?
The Portsmouth Town Council will take up this issue and others tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Portsmouth Town Council will be asked to give their opinion on possible tolls on the new Sakonnet River bridge at tonight's meeting, reports The Providence Journal.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
According to The Journal, the council will be asked to oppose a plan by Gov. Lincoln Chafee to collect tolls on the new span currently being built.
Rep. John G. Edwards will ask the council to support his resolution in favor of House Bill 7036, which would prevent tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Sponsors of this bill are Edwards, Rep. Raymond Gallison and Rep. Dan Reilly.
The bill, if approved, would not only prevent tolls on the bridge, but also the transfer of the bridge to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority without the General Assembly's permission.
The Turnpike and Bridge Authority recently voted to ask lawmakers to pass new legislation, which would authorize them to collect tolls on the existing Mount Hope Bridge.