Governor Raimondo reveals proposed R.I. tolling locations

By The Providence Journal

Patrick Anderson, Jennifer Bogdan, Katherine Gregg; January 6, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A toll-financed Rhode Island bridge repair program moved closer to reality Tuesday as Governor Raimondo relented to General Assembly leaders' demands to disclose the locations for proposed toll gantries, releasing them minutes after the House and Senate convened their first sessions of 2016.

The plan includes 14 preliminary locations where large commercial trucks would be tolled to fund bridge repairs, down from 17 unidentified locations the Rhode Island Department of Transportation had proposed in June, when the Senate passed tolling legislation but House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called for more information before voting.

With the release of the gantry locations, Mattiello told reporters on Tuesday that a reworked version of Raimondo's tolling proposal will emerge from House and Senate negotiations with the governor's team "within a week or two.''

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