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Bridge Tolls Could Cost State $16 Million in Gambling Revenue, Says CEO

The CEO of Newport Grand Slots weighs in on the bridge toll proposal.

Plans to place bridge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge could end up in a huge loss in gambling revenue for the state, says the Newport Grand slot parlor's chief executive officer. 

Newport Grand CEO Diane Hurley tells The Newport Daily News that bridge tolls would cost the state a maximum of $16 million in gambling revenue. Bridge tolls could be in place as early as this summer, according to The Providence Journal. 

Do you agree with Hurley? Tell us in the comment section below! 

Local and state politicians have been fighting plans to place tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) held public hearings in Tiverton and Portsmouth last month. Residents are asked to submit their opinion on tolls to the DOT by Jan. 18. 

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resident January 15, 2013 at 05:18 PM
As a Portsmouth resident that frequently uses the bridge, I strongly oppose the proposed toll, however I don't believe it would affect Newport Grand in the amount of $16M in revenue. The fact that Newport residents opposed table games and Massachusetts opening casinos will essentially put Newport Grand out of business, not a toll on the Sakonnet bridge - let's not make stuff up out of convenience. Oppose the tolls for us that travel over it to go to work or make a living ....
Andrew Naylor January 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Rhode Island has the worst record in the Union for bridge maintenance that is a fact. The 4 largest bridges that will need the most maintenance are managed and paid for by the Tolls raised on ONE bridge. RI had to borrow $ millions to build a new bridge over the Sakonnet river due to ZERO maintenance. Surely it is better that we pay a small toll to insure that the bridges stay open and maintained rather than expect the RIDOT who have a very questionable track record of bridge maintenance . The RIDOT does not have the money to look after the infrastructure they all ready have on there books How can we expect them to do more with less They have just finished replacing a small bridge in Island park Ironically you can see this bridge from the new Sakonnet bridge both failed for lack of money and public concern
resident January 15, 2013 at 09:29 PM
So, then why not let the towns of Portsmouth and Tiverton purchase the bridge, make the toll exempt for their residents and then charge the rest of the people who cross it whatever we see fit? The fact that the RIDOT can't or won't do their job is a lame excuse.
Joe Sousa. January 15, 2013 at 09:53 PM
All people have to do is go to NP grand and count the Mass plates in the parking lot on the week ends . They will lose lots of business . That's money the State can't afford to lose.
Joe Sousa. January 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Andrew Naylor you should do your research before you post. The DOT dosen't maintain the Newport bridge or the Mt. Hope bridge. The are maintained by the RI turnpike and bridge authority. The State doesn't pay one dime for them . The Sakonnet river bridge and the James Town bridge are owned and maintained by the State. The gas tax is collected and supposed to be used for maintenance. The whole State owns them just like all the other bridges roads,and overpasses.

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