RIDOT to collect truck-only tolls at 10 new locations by next April

RIDOT New Toll Gantries

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will begin collecting tolls from truckers at multiple new locations in the next year as part of their controversial truck-only tolling program.

There are currently only two truck-only toll gantries operating in Rhode Island, but that will change starting in July, according to reporting from WPRI.

On July 31, a new toll gantry located on Route 6 at the Woonasquatucket River Bridge will go live and start collecting tolls from truckers.

Following the opening of the third toll gantry, RIDOT plans to open another truck-only tolling gantry roughly every month until April 2020.

*Gantry #4 located on Route 146 at Route 116 is set to go live on August 14, 2019.

*Gantry #5 also located on Route 146 at Scott/Leigh Road is scheduled to open on September 25, 2019.

*Gantry #6 on I-95 at Roosevelt will go live on October 30, 2019.

*Gantry #7 on I-295 at Greenville Avenue is slated to go live November 11, 2019.

*Gantry #8 also on I-295 at Plainfield Pike is set to launch on December 6, 2019.

*Gantry #9 on I-95 at Centerville will open on December 19, 2019.

*Gantry #10 on I-95 at Oxford will go live January 13, 2020.

*Gantry #11 on Route 146 at Farnum is slated to open for business on March 12, 2020.

*Finally, Gantry #12 on I-195 at Washington will open on April 13, 2020.

The two currently operating toll gantries are located on I-95 between Hopkinton and Exeter.

RIDOT says that the cost of tolls will vary: “The toll rates will vary from site to site, ranging from $2.00 to $9.50. The median cost is $3.50. For RFID (i.e. E-ZPass) equipped tractor trailers, tolls are limited to once per day, per direction and there is a cap of $20 for a through-trip on I-95 as well as a daily cap of $40 per day no matter how many tolls a tractor trailer goes through.”

The truck-only tolls are part of Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo’s 2016 infrastructure funding plan, which has come under harsh criticism from the trucking industry. Raimondo says that tolling only Class 8 or higher vehicles is fair because they cause the most damage to roads and bridges.

In March 2019, a federal judge dismissed an American Trucking Associations (ATA) lawsuit that argued that the truck-only tolls were unconstitutional.

In a 2016 survey by OOIDA, 79% of respondents said that they would choose to avoid Rhode Island completely rather than pay the truck-only tolls.

For more information on RIDOT’s truck-only tolling, click here.

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