PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — You may have noticed a new truck toll gantry on I-95 while heading into work Tuesday morning.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) shut down the highway overnight so crews could install the gantry near the Thurbers Avenue curve in Providence.
The gantry will now undergo performance testing, according to RIDOT, and it’s unclear at this time when it will be activated.
RIDOT says the state currently has six operational gantries and expects to have 12 online by this summer. In December, crews conducted foundation, electrical and other work at three locations so those gantries can be installed during the winter months.
“The purpose of the tolls is to pay for the reconstruction of the bridges in a fair manner, requiring heavy commercial trucks to pay their fair share for the damage they cause and the toll amounts have been set at a reasonable and fair value to allow payment of the expenses over time,” RIDOT said in a statement.
According to RIDOT, work has been completed on more than 100 roads and bridges since Gov. Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks plan went into effect, and work is now underway on another 100.