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Senate Hearing On Legislation To Block Tolls Is Wendesday

The Senate Committee on Finance will hear testimony from residents, town officials and business owners across Tiverton, Little Compton and the East Bay on Wednesday.

The Senate Committee on Finance will hear testimony from residents, town officials and business owners on two bills regarding the repeal of the Sakonnet River Bridge transfer.

Town Administrator James Goncalo urged community members to attend the hearing, which will be on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. in room 313 at the State House in Providence.

"The senate is looking primarily for statements from business people in here and in Tiverton," said Councilor Jay J. Lambert. "They are looking to keep those statements to around 2 minutes."

For anyone who wants to attend and needs a ride, a bus will be available. Please contact Tiverton STOP via email tivertonStop@gmail.com or phone at 401-835-5021.

Previously, local legislators said the county's best chance to block tolls would be by identifying alternative revenue services to keep up with the $38 million maintenance price tag that the four bridges require.

Are you planning on attending Wednesday's hearing at the State House? If not, how are you pitching in to block tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge?

Chris Christensen February 12, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Just remember what you will be leaving your children when you are gone. The bridge started rusting the day the first hunk of metal arrived at the bridge site. Then look at the old bridge. Someone should be looking at where the 3rd bridge will go if maintenace is not kept up and it starts to look like the 1st bridge.
Jim L February 12, 2013 at 06:44 PM
The new Bridge construction is vastly different from the old, won't even need maintance for the first ten years or so, What you think is rust is a Polymer coating of different paints and epoxy's the new bridge ENTIRE surface can be fixed from the bridge deck itself, to use this bridge to raise millions of dollars on the taxpayers of Newport County only is just an example of unfair taxation
Robert E February 13, 2013 at 07:56 AM
What makes you think the toll money will go to maintain the bridge RI has a long tradition of taking money raised for one thing and using it for another. How do you think RIDOT was defunded in the first place. Ones the GA sees the money being raised they won't be able to keep their hand off it. A perfict example is the College Bound Fund Parents are investing their money in the fund so that their kids can go to college and the state is using that money to fund RIPTA next time you see one of the RIPTA ryder ads look at the end where it says it was paid for by the College Bound Fund. That fund will be just like the pentions when the time comes there will be no money there. Maybe they can use the toll money to replace the money they are spending out of the College Bound Fund.

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