NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is installing an electronic toll system on the new Sakonnet River Bridge that Authority Chairman David Darlington said will likely be in place by the weekend but will take about six weeks to wire and test, the Newport Daily News reported.
"We should be ready (to collect tolls) by the end of June or early July," Darlington told the newspaper . "Revenue is about $1.6 million a month, so we want to get it in sooner rather than later."
The toll is set at 75 cents per trip for Rhode Islanders with an E-ZPass transponder. They will only have to pay for one round trip per day, even if they cross the bridge several times. Non-residents with an E-ZPass will pay $3.75 per crossing. Those without transponders will have to pay $5.25.
The all-electronic system will have no toll booths. Instead, it will detect cars that pass through the system and will charge the transponder or send a bill to the owner's address.
Local opposition to tolls on the bridge continues, with members of the General Assembly from Aquidneck Island pushing to reverse the plan. The town of Portsmouth is suing to prevent a toll.
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East Bay residents met in Portsmouth Wednesday evening to meet with local legislators to discuss the tolls on the Sakonnet River bridge.
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