Island House committee is reviewing legislation that would outlaw tolls
or fees on the Sakonnet Bridge.
the 1950s, about 40,000 vehicles daily cross the state Highway 24 bridge,
which connects southeast Massachusetts to Newport, RI, the Sakonnet
Times reported. The bridge is in need of repair, and the state Transportation
Department has recommended paying for the work through tolls.
introduced by Rep. Raymond Gallison Jr., D-Bristol, would specifically
prohibit tolls or fees whether a new bridge is constructed or major repairs
to the existing bridge take place.
would also require General Assembly approval for any transfer of the bridge
to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.