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Rhode Island transportation bill would raise $1 billion for highways, ban bridge tolls

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On February 12, 2014 @ 6:07 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments

The proposed bill would ban tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge, as well as at least two other bridges. (Photo Credit: John McDaid / Wikimedia Commons) [1]

The proposed bill would ban tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge, as well as at least two other bridges. (Photo Credit: John McDaid / Wikimedia Commons [2])

A proposed bill to raise transportation for Rhode Island’s highways and infrastructure would also ban tolls on some bridges.

The proposed legislation would raise more than $1 billion over the next 10 years, with those funds going to state transportation, WLNE reports [3].

However, the report notes that the bill would also ban tolls on at least three state bridges: the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge and the Mount Hope Bridge.

The tolling ban would not affect the Pell Bridge.

A temporary 5-percent surcharge to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle fees is expected to raise $17.5 million, while the remaining funds would be raised by diverting existing revenue or through spending cuts.


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2014/02/1024px-Mount_Hope_Bridge-1.jpg

[2] John McDaid / Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mount_Hope_Bridge-1.jpg

[3] WLNE reports: http://www.abc6.com/story/24698345/ri-transportation-proposal-bans-most-bridge-tolls

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