The following is based on a press release from the state Department of Transportation.
Residents of comunities near the Sakonnet River Bridge — including Bristol and Warren — must submit personal statements to the state Department of Transportation (DOT) on how a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge would impact their lives by Jan. 18.
All comments will be included the DOT's environmental impact survey to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Ultimately, the FHWA will rule on whether a toll can be installed on the Sakonnet River Bridge, based upon the findings of the environmental and economic impact statements.
According to DOT Director Michael P. Lewis, the reports will be filed with the FHWA by the end of the month.
In December, the DOT held hearings in Portsmouth and Tiverton to hear residents concerns on the impact of a toll on their neighborhoods and local economy. Public input on the possible impacts of a toll is an integral element in the impact surveys.
To include your personal comments, submit a statement prior to the close of business on Jan. 18.
Submit concerns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit statements via mail at:
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
2 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02903
ATTN: Customer Service
If you would like to learn more about Rhode Island's approach to tolling and the expected timeline for the process, please visit the DOT website.