- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) - The Portsmouth Town Council will appeal a federal court judge’s dismissal of its challenge to tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that the council voted 5-1 Monday to appeal last Wednesday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux in Providence.

The bridge opened in April 2013 and began collecting a 10-cent placeholder toll. The toll ended less than a year later in June when the General Assembly changed the law to prohibit tolls on the bridge.

The town said federal law prohibits a toll on bridges after they’re open. It also wants the return of more than $1 million in tolls.

Town Solicitor Kevin P. Gavin says Lagueux did not deal with the main point of Portsmouth’s challenge concerning federal rules prohibiting tolls on bridges that are open.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.


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