of a new bridge over a Rhode Island river could start soon – and
tolls are no longer a payment option, the Sakonnet Times reported.
state Transportation Department wants to build a new bridge
south of the existing state Highway 24 bridge in Sakonnet.
in the 1950s, the bridge connects southeast Massachusetts
to Newport, RI. The bridge is in need of repair, and the
department had recommended paying for the work through tolls.
no longer considering tolls as a method for paying for a
new bridge,” DOT director James R. Capaldi told the newspaper.
Capaldi said there were other funding mechanisms that made
much more sense than tolls.
agency now intends to borrow in anticipation of federal highway
final word on the bridge option awaits completion of an environmental