- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s plan to charge big-rig trucks that travel along its highways has won approval from the federal government.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said Wednesday it has executed agreements with the Federal Highway Administration for 13 tolling locations around the state.

Beginning as early as 2018, the tolls on 18-wheelers will raise money to rebuild or replace 34 bridges. Rhode Island will become the first state with truck-only tolls, though many states with tolls charge large commercial trucks at a higher rate than cars.

State lawmakers passed the truck tolls legislation earlier this year amid strong opposition from truckers. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed it into law in February.

It allows trucks to be charged up to $20 to cross the state along Interstate 95.

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