NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and The Associated Press

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The chairman of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has resigned.

David A. Darlington stepped down Thursday.

Darlington said in a written statement it's time to take a break from 20 years of public service to give more attention to his health. He had a heart attack during a live radio interview last year. He completed the interview, then had his 9-year-old son call 911.

Darlington has been on the board since 2001, and has been its chairman since 2005.

Darlington pointed out in his statement that the Pell and Mount Hope bridges, which the authority oversees, are seen by many as the best maintained transportation assets in the state.

He has been the target of anger from some amid a state plan to toll the new Sakonnet River Bridge.


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