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Portsmouth Asks Judge to Kill Sakonnet Bridge Tolls

Portsmouth Asks Judge to Kill Sakonnet Bridge Tolls

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) _ Portsmouth officials have asked a federal judge to stop the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority from installing a toll system on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.
 
WJAR-TV reports town officials requested a restraining order Thursday.
 
Many local residents oppose tolls on the Route 24 bridge between Portsmouth and Tiverton. But the toll project has already begun and officials expect to start charging motorists in about a month.
 
The all-electronic system will read E-ZPass transponders or record license plates and bill the vehicle owners. There won't be any toll booths.
 
The toll will be 75 cents per trip for Rhode Islanders with E-ZPass, but they'll only have to pay for one round trip per day. Non-residents with E-ZPass will pay $3.75 per crossing. Those without transponders will pay $5.25.

 

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