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Rhode Island Lists Possible Truck Toll Locations

January 6, 2016

By David Cullen

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Map shows11 of 14 proposed locations for truck-only toll gantries in Rhode Island. Image: RI DOT
Map shows11 of 14 proposed locations for truck-only toll gantries in Rhode Island. Image: RI DOT

Responding to a request from statehouse leaders, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has provided a list of the locations under consideration for placing toll gantries, should Ocean State lawmakers approve a controversial plan proposed last year by Gov. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) to begin truck-only tolling to fund bridge repairs.

In his letter to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D) and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D), RI DOT Director Peter Alviti stressed that the locations are preliminary and subject to change based on the specifics of the final enabling legislation.

Alviti also noted that he has been “assured” that the State Police “will take action once the gantries are erected to prevent large commercial trucks from exiting the highways to avoid the user fees.”

As the truck-only tolling bill is now written, tolls would be levied on commercial vehicles of Class 8 and higher.

Nearly half of the 14 proposed toll locations are along Interstate 95. There are also 3 on I-295 and one on I-195 as well as 2 on U.S. Route 6 and 2 on RI Route 146.

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Comments

  1. 1. Matt [ January 07, 2016 @ 03:46AM ]

    As a carrier we pay a FEDERAL HIGHWAY USE TAX (HUT 2290) annually. Tolling an interstate is double taxation. If the legislators of Rhode Island knew what they where doing they would approach Washington and simply ask "Where is all the money you tax the trucking Companies?" Take a look around RI, Hut is $550.00 per power unit. Meaning every truck passing through your state pays $550.00 to use those highways. Your infustructure is crumbling NOT because of trucks but because of CORRUPTION all the way to the top. Smart legislators would tax/tolls the volume, Cars and get more revenue. Remember Rhode Islanders., that will be next. Once the toll plazas are up and the corruption empties the coffers, they will then toll/tax cars.

  2. 2. BarbRRB [ January 07, 2016 @ 05:13AM ]

    I am at my limit with tolls and taxes. If the Government would spend monies correctly "We The People" would NOT be taxed to death. There is so much corruption is sickens me. FORCED to pay tolls or get fined for running local roads. Government has us by the throat and tension is getting tighter. Our founding father of this great nation would be ashamed of us. They take land, they take our rights, take our money a little bit at a time. To make some blinded of the corruption, or paid off.

 

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