First Congressional District candidate Brendan Doherty will hold a news conference discussing his concerns about the planned $4 tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge today at 9:30 a.m.
Doherty will suggest federal remedies for reforms that could provide relief over the new planned tolls. East Bay and Aquidneck Island residents are infuriated over the prospect of having to pay tolls to cross the new bridge. The new bridge will open soon connecting Tiverton with Aquidneck Island and will serve drivers throughout the region.
In a press release, Doherty called the $4.00 toll another economic roadblock for the region. Some families fear the toll could cost them $1,500 to $2,500 a year, a real blow to families who must rely on the bridge for business and daily activities.
The news conference will take place at the corner of Riverview and Central avenues, overlooking the new bridge from the Tiverton side. Riverview Avenue intersects Main Road near the bridge in Tiverton.