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 . 

According to The Journal, the council will be asked to oppose a plan by Gov. Lincoln Chafee to collect tolls on the . 

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 .

Jon Sisson March 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
A toll is not bad as long as it is a price within reason and alternative methods of payment (easy passes) are flexible enough where all walks of life can work with it. The Newport bridge basically forced commuters to get an easy pass so they don't have to pay what they pay in gas for tolls as well. That, I think is a little extreme. However as long as the bridge money goes to.... well.... the bridges, I think I can live with a toll within reason.
karen ferris March 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I don't think that its very fair that in order for those of us who work off the island or have doctors off the island would have to pay to leave. Especially in this economy every little added expense will put more pressure on those already living paycheck to paycheck.
Caitlin Marshall March 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
It's not going to be reasonable. A few months ago they published an article in the sakonnet times about this very issue, and the toll they said, would be $4.
Caitlin Marshall March 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It's absolutely ridiculous for them to consider this, especially when Bristol is already considering putting their tolls back on the Mount Hope Bridge. By law aquidneck island would have to have one way to get off the island that you wouldn't have to pay for. So if Bristol is seriously reconsidering putting their toll booth back then the Sakonnet River Bridge cannot have tolls. In the first place though it is a poor idea to put tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, its not fair to so many that have to commute to work and no to mention the countless college students that leave the island to go to school.
Jon Sisson March 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I didn't mind when it was tokens. And knowing that many states more near the philly/dc/Baltimore area are twice what we pay now put me a little more at ease. But talk of increasing the npt to $5+ is ridiculous. If it were .50-1$ each way on sk/mt hope, I don't think I'd mind. But once again, I assume they'll muscle everyone into getting an EP for the "discount." This is just a prime example of how ri is going in a negative direction in many ways. I myself love the lay of the land and great weather diversity. But I sure can't wait to save up enough to move! ;)
Mark D March 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Obviously a majority here are opposed to tolls on any bridges. We are replacing a bridge that was built in the 1950's and was under the management of the RIDOT, at a cost of $164 million dollars. The Mt. Hope bridge was built in the 1920's is still structurally sound and has always been supported by tolls, does it make sense to leave such a valuable piece of property as the new Sakonnet bridge under the control of RIDOT? Does it make sense to rely of a limited cash stream of the gas tax and the federal highway administration? One more thing if tolls are put on the sakonnet bridge they will not be put on the Mt hope Bridge also Bristol has nothing to do with putting tolls on the Mt Hope Bridge that would be the RITBA.
John ("Anything But Sue") March 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM
During this afternoon, ..I voted 2 NO and 1 YES on this poll. I was NOT logged in. All my votes "Took". I suggest these polls are BOGUS..I'll bet you won't see my screename after this post. Better yet....Only a few of you will see this post. I am history..
A. Happy Islander March 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
NO to Tokens! Only when HELL FREEZES over!!! It's possible that some people could be held financially hostage on Aquidneck Island. In the not to distant future if this bridge requires $$$ than it will be the Mount Hope next!!!
A. Happy Islander March 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I repeat NO to Tokens! Only when HELL FREEZES over!!! It's possible that some people could be held financially hostage on Aquidneck Island. In the not to distant future if this bridge requires $$$ than it will be the Mount Hope next!!!
Peter March 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Here we go again. I'm so glad only a few percentage of people who want a toll are the clueless morons. People are moving out of Rhode Island I belive is the highest percentage rate in the country. Those who remain will be paying even more in taxes because the majority that remain will be either on public assistance (welfare) or Democratic politicans. My family and our three professional jobs will be relocating soon.
Priscilla Smyth Thayer March 28, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Funny how the RI Bridge Authority hasn't offered to take over the I-Way and place tolls there. Obviously they do not want to pay to go to work every day. When I lived in Jamestown and worked in Newport it cost me over $500.00 a year in tokens. If they place another toll on either bridge people will not want to work, live and play here.


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