SOUND OFF: Local Impact of Bridge Tolls

How would a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge impact you, your family or your business day to day? Sound off in the comments below.

Tiverton STOP is soliciting letters from East Bay residents who would be affected by a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

While the Sakonnet bridge doesn't directly serve Bristol or Warren, local residents could be impacted if Tiverton STOP is successful in fighting the tolls. The state Turnpike and Bridge Authority is required by statute to add revenue now that the Department of Transportation has transferred control of the four major bridges to the authority. If there's no toll on the Sakonnet, the Mount Hope Bridge would likely be next in line, and was originally considered for a toll.

At the group's Thursday night launch meeting at the Tiverton Town Hall, STOP organizers said they aim to send 5,000 to 6,000 personal letters to the governor and local legislators documenting the impact a toll would have on individual citizens, families and small businesses.

If you are interested in helping Tiverton STOP achieve its goal, you can pick up a template letter to mail or email to the governor and state legislators at the Town Hall or ask for an electronic copy by emailing TivertonStop@gmail.com. Tiverton STOP is asking any residents who contact the state representatives also send a letter in to the organization via email.

We want to know:  What would a toll on the Mount Hope Bridge really cost you and your family on a day-to-day basis? Do you cross over the bridge every day? How would your business be affected? 

Sound off! Let us know by voicing your opinion in the comments section below.

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Scott Yonan September 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
With over 600 bridges in the state, why should the residents of Aquidneck Island get stuck with the only two toll bridges?
Ray Berberick September 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
To support the fight against the tools, have your local group join STOP = Sakonnet Tolls Opposition Platform. Send an email to TIVERTONSTOP@GMAIL.COM to offer to volunteer. For more information on how to join an organization, call me at 682-2007.


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