Tuesday, December 4, 2012
State Police are looking into whether distracted driving was involved in Saturday's crash, as well as any medical issues. The crash remains under investigation.
State Police say "alcohol" was not a factor in a head-on crash that resulted in the death of a Barrington man and injured several others Saturday night. Paul L. Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road, Barrington, died Saturday night after a head-on collision occurred on the Mt. Hope Bridge. Warren resident Lenor C. Andrade and Portsmouth residents James and Ann Hitchen, and John and Susan Kelchner were also injured during the major crash. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening. State Police Capt. Frank B. Castellone says alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but police are looking into whether distracted driving or a medical issue was the cause. "The investigation is not complete," Castellone said. "We are awaiting the report …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Paul Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road, died Saturday night after a head-on collision on the Mt. Hope Bridge.
State Police have released the identity of the man killed after a head-on motor vehicle crash occurred Saturday night on the Mt. Hope Bridge. Paul L. Matthews, 63, of Heritage Road, Barrington, died at the scene, reports The Providence Journal. Warren resident Lenor C. Andrade, a passenger in the van driven by Matthews, was still being treated at Rhode Island Hospital, according to The Journal. Four Portsmouth residents were transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. These individuals were James and Ann Hitchen, passengers in Matthews' van, and John Kelchner and Susan Kelchner. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. Motorists were directed to find alternate routes Saturday …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The House of Representatives will vote on the 2013 budget bill on Thursday. Included in the bill is a proposal to toll the Sakonnet Bridge.
On Thursday, legislators will vote on the budget bill for fiscal year 2013, which includes a provision to toll travelers that cross the Sakonnet Bridge. State Senator Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton) has said the toll will hurt local businesses and residents, which is why he is not in favor of the proposal. Dipalma stated he is not optimistic about Thursday's outcome. East Bay representatives are a small percentage of the 75-member House. The House will vote on the budget one article at a time, which will allow for debate and amendment to the individual components. The Senate will vote on the budget as a package. “It’s a challenging situation,” said the senator. If passed, the maintenance of …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The board also voted to rescind the toll changes, which are effective July 1, should the Rhode Island General Assembly pass legislation in this session that would provide RITBA with “an alternative and sufficient source of revenue.”
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors voted today during its monthly board meeting for new toll rates for the Newport Pell Bridge as well as a request of the Rhode Island General Assembly to allow RITBA to set toll rates for the Mount Hope Bridge. The rates that were approved by the board are $1.00 per crossing for residents with a RI E-ZPass and $5.00 per crossing for cash and undiscounted E-ZPass. The added revenue, RITBA says, will help pay for the $250 million needed to fund RITBA’s capital projects in the 10-year Renewal and Replacement Plan. Importantly, the board also voted to rescind the toll changes on the Pell Bridge, which are effective July 1, should the Rhode Island General Assembly pass legislation …
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Newport County residents think it's time for Mount Hope drivers to pay their share.
During a public hearing at Portsmouth High School Thursday evening, residents weighed-in on a proposal by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to re-introduce tolls to the Mount Hope Bridge. The tolls are being considered to help cover a $63 million shortage of money needed to maintain the Mount Hope and Newport Pell bridges for the next decade. The alternative solution would be to raise the toll rates at the Pell Bridge. State Sen. Christopher S. Ottiano (R-Dist. 11, Bristol, Portsmouth), who attended the hearing, said he is opposed to the Mount Hope Bridge toll. “We all use all of these bridges,” Ottiano said. The idea that someone in one town uses something and someone else is paying for it, is a-la-carte taxation.” Since …