SOUND OFF: Local Impact of Sakonnet River Bridge Tolls

How would a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge impact you, your family or your business day to day? Sound off in the comments below.

Tiverton STOP is soliciting letters from East Bay residents who would be affected by a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

At the group's Thursday night launch meeting at the Tiverton Town Hall, STOP organizers said they aim to send 5,000 to 6,000 personal letters to the governor and local legislators documenting the impact a toll would have on individual citizens, families and small businesses.

If you are interested in helping Tiverton STOP achieve its goal, you can pick up a template letter to mail or email to the governor and state legislators at the Town Hall or ask for an electronic copy by emailing TivertonStop@gmail.com. Tiverton STOP is asking any residents who contact the state representatives also send a letter in to the organization via email.

We want to know:  What would a toll would really cost you and your family on a day-to-day basis? Do you cross over the bridge everyday? How would your business be affected? 

Sound off! Let us know by voicing your opinion in the comments section below.

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Jeannie Veegh September 28, 2012 at 05:48 PM
There is no question tolls would adversely affect local families. I’m a Tiverton resident and I have 4 daily trips taking the kids across the bridge to school, my office is in Portsmouth, I like to grocery shop at Clements, and being a Realtor…. I’m crossing the bridge frequently showing homes on either side. Moreover, there’s no question tolls would negatively impact our fellow local businesses on Aquidneck Island, Tiverton, Little Compton and Bristol - many of whom are already struggling to stay above water.
Jim L September 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
like the petition this is another way to lend your voice to Stop this is advised deal, Any help or and Business or group that i can help with this in anyway, at all PLEASE track me down, from picking them up to getting you printed copies, We are here to help each other, If you and your neighbors fill out some leave them in the mail box, what ever we can do to help you help all of us, NO TOLLS
JoAnne Cassese September 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
No more tolls please. Aquidneck Island will suffer if this toll is implemented. Thank you
Joseph Finnegan October 08, 2012 at 07:11 PM
live in tiverton, drive school bus in middletown, and drive for cab co in newport,when does it end . thank you gov Chafee maybe youd let me wash your car for a couple of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Jim L October 09, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Make no mistake, the folks upstate are still planning on just ignoring this effort if they can, They want this money to go to the Ribridge bozo bus and they want to be able to siphon the left over to the general fund, Louder and Louder is how we must proceed, NO TOLLS
Gerry Jones October 10, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Fake Jiml, why do you feel like you have you have to use a simple man's identity to cover your tracks? I have seen the real Jiml in town and I cannot believe you continue to use him. Shameless, simply shameless. Jiml, you should change your password and lord nelson/robbie/budha/jane doe, you should all be expelled from ever logging in on Patch again.
electrik Mike October 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM
That the state will ultimately lose far more in employment, business and sales tax from our area than the tolls will bring in either seems lost on the Governor and Transportation Director or they are just OK with it. Certainly Mr Lewis could care less as long as the monies flow directly into his department's cash register. Mr Chafee? Who knows?
Jim L October 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
the Petition Drive is now over 30,000.00 thousand signatures and still rolling, I got a look at some of the info STOP has been gathering and it is very, very, impressive. Still getting new places and new faces, Newport has become very empty during the week and I believe it's helping to open some eyes, Paiva Weed changes her mind about Newport Grand but says nothing about the tolls, thats kinda like filling the tub without putting the plug in. I figure hopefully 35,000.00 by elections and lots of new faces or close races, thats got to be part of the message to, Then after NOV7th we just roll on till the GA goes back in Janurary, I think we should drop the middle of the old bridge, onto a barge and float it to the old stone bridge and drop it in place just like the I way, then we can all give the GA the hawian good luck sign!! Who's IN?
John October 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I wonder how many people in Tiverton and Portsmouth are against the tolls on the bridge( I'm sure at least mostly everyone). Then I wonder how many people in Northern R.I. are all for the tolls seeing that they rarely cross the bridge????
Jim L October 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
well 15 reps voted not to pass the budget if our 7 had voted no also the budget would have not passed and they could have held it until the tolls were removed
Tea Party Shill October 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Well Jim, you've been told this in the past about if. IF grandma had a pair, she would have been grandpa. Do you think you have a lot of credibility when you try to deceive the public by signing and sending letters to the press that are written by the TCC?
Jim L October 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Well powerful force First thanks for posting this on a page about the tolls, very helpful to the issue , second thats my name on that letter, i signed it , i agree with everyword of it, third how about putting the letter up, it's so damaging to me why aren't you posting it, or better yet do what the head of CURB/T1 did, post little bits of it and then say there wasn't enough room to post it all, your just to funnyjust so folks get this straight I have not credibility because i signed a letter that I agree with 100% posted it online, and that makes me uncreditably but you don't show the letter, oh my, this is awful my life is ruined for signing a statement i believed in, why next I'll probaly start a petition drive about something I believe in also, I can't even look in a mirror now, hanging my head in shame from a comment made by a sad little man who can't use his real name, I will thank you for Nothing but nonsence on a site about a very important issue to many, many people. I guess I should just walk away from them now right? Looking at your picture i hope you have been nuetered, but i guess you have been or you would have a real name, please if you wish to insult me do so on another post besides tolls and please post the letter, that way folks can see how weak your statement is
Jim L October 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Did anyone see that the last question of the night in the Debate between Mr Doherty and Mr Cilline was about the TOLLS, this is how far WE as a group of voters from many different political views come together to stop when goverment does something harmfull to us , All of us have moved this from "a done deal" to what happen last night, while it might put a little smile on our faces there is still work to be done, donttoll and STOP have a very solid foundation now but it must be helped to continue to build, Any and all help from money to taking 10 minutes and standing on the side of the road with a NO TOLLS signs helps each and everyone of us, take a minute and thank each other, then we march on to election day and Janurary, Thanks all of you NO TOLLS


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