PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers from the East Bay say they want the federal government to hold hearings on Rhode Island’s plan to place a toll on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.
Four lawmakers from the eastern portion of the state sent a letter Tuesday requesting hearings to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The lawmakers say the hearings would show how tolls will have a negative impact on their communities.
Lawmakers last year approved a plan to turn the bridge over to the state’s Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which could place a toll to pay to maintain it. Authorities have said tolls could start this year.
Many residents and businesses say tolls will be too expensive and could cause people to think twice before visiting Aquidneck Island.
The bridge connects Tiverton and Portsmouth.