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Tolls Protest Planned For Sakonnet River Bridge Opening Ceremony

Tiverton STOP, a citizens' action committee working to stop tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, is planning a protest at Friday's Sakonnet River Bridge opening ceremony.

Tiverton STOP is looking to shift the focus to the growing momentum behind East Bay's anti-toll movement at Friday morning's opening ceremony for the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

The state Department of Transportation's RSVP-only opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the bridge deck of the old Sakonnet River Bridge on Friday. Both DOT Director Michael P. Lewis and Gov. Lincoln Chafee will attend.

"We would like to ask all our members, if they are available, to please attend the ceremony," said Joy Gilkeson, one of Tiverton STOP's organizaers, in an email on Tuesday. "A small "NO TOLLS" poster or sign would also be great.  We'd like to ask that all posters be respectful and that everyone refrain from name calling, etc."

Tiverton STOP held its launch meeting last Thursday, Sept. 4. One of the group's goals is to increase visibility of the East Bay's opposition to the tolls by placing citizen activists - and their signs - at events like this one.

East Bay residents have gathered 15,000 to 20,000 signatures on petitions in opposition to the tolls.

According to a DOT press release, for directions to the parking lot near the bridge deck of the original structure, take I-195 East to Route 24 South to Exit 5 (Main Rd.). Take a left off of the exit. Take the first right where a police officer will guide you to the closed on-ramp to the old bridge. Please park on the
bridge deck.

BD October 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Looks like someone needs a hug. Do yourself a favor and turn off Rush and Fox News for a little while and enjoy the day. The teabaggers anger and hatred appears to be taking a toll on you, "John". It's not healthy.
Gerry Jones October 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Jiml, Doherty is nothing but, an opportunist. When you wake up out of your TCC reverie, you will see that. There isn't anything that he can or will do to help you keep these tolls of this bridge. If you think Cicilllne is bad, just wait and see what this guy cannot do for you. Why don't you call your buddy Dan-I lied-about-everything-gordon to help you keep the tols off? Oh, yeah, he forgot to get the signatures from HIS district.
Gerry Jones October 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM
And then one of them, rob coulter, decided he wasn't going to partake in the program that he voted for. It's good enough for you and me but not robbie. Think about that jiml! We pay every week to throw our trash away and robbie the town councilor doesn't have to pay for those little bags. Yeah, that's REAL FAIR!!!!

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