- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island transportation officials are moving forward on plans to install electronic tolls that will charge big-rig trucks for traveling along Interstate 95 and other highways.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said Monday it has begun seeking proposals by companies looking to design, build and operate the tolls.

A law signed in February by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo allows the state to install truck-only tolls to help raise money to repair bridges and roads.

The first tolls will be erected along I-95 in southwest Rhode Island near the Connecticut border. The state law allows 18-wheelers to be charged up to $20 on a one-way route through the state between Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The state plans to award a contract in the spring and complete toll construction by late 2018.

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