PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A week after voting to delay tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, Rhode Island lawmakers have done an about-face and voted to impose a 10-cent toll beginning in August.
The House and Senate approved the last-minute change late Tuesday.
Last week lawmakers voted to delay tolls on the new bridge until February to study alternatives. But state transportation officials warned before that vote that the delay could prevent tolls from ever being imposed because federal rules prohibit new tolls on bridges once they’re finished.
The bridge won’t be declared finished until August.
Angry East Bay residents protested at the Statehouse, noting the toll was rushed through the last night of the session without public comment.
Lawmakers had hoped to adjourn Tuesday but will return Wednesday.