- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has approved a $225 million plan to maintain over the next 10 years its four-bridge system.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1vF1fkd ) the authority’s board approved the plan on Wednesday.

RITBA updates its maintenance plan every two years. The authority once controlled just the Pell Bridge between Jamestown and Newport and the Mount Hope Bridge between Bristol and Portsmouth, but it now also controls the Jamestown and Sakonnet River bridges.

A 10-cent placeholder toll that RITBA imposed on the Sakonnet bridge and planned to increase to cover maintenance costs was ultimately nixed by the General Assembly last session. The legislature created a statewide transportation infrastructure fund.

The newspaper reports the RITBA maintenance plan covers road resurfacing, bridge deck repairs and underwater inspections.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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