Sen. Louis DiPalma told The Journal a final solution to fund continuing maintenance on the East Bay bridges, including the Sakonnet River Bridge, would not include a toll.
However, other commission members are hoping to extend the 10-cent toll past the April 1 deadline in order to draft legislation, according The Providence Journal.
The commission, co-chaired by Rep. Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64, East Providence) and Sen. Daniel Da Ponte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence), was established during the 2013 legislative session to allow lawmakers and state officials an opportunity to investigate all types of equitable and reliable funding mechanisms and strategies to support Rhode Island’s bridges.
Last year, the legislature approved the transfer of the Sakonnet River Bridge's ownership to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA), who then authorized a 10-cent toll on the bridge which spans Tiverton and Portsmouth.
Members of the public can find additional information and video of the commission’s previous hearings at Webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/bridgefunding.