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RITBA Looks to Reuse, Sell Sakonnet Toll Equipment

 
RITBA Looks to Reuse, Sell Sakonnet Toll Equipment

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says it may reuse or try to sell equipment on the Sakonnet River Bridge that's not needed after the toll was eliminated.

A RITBA spokesman said Tuesday some equipment could be reused on the Newport Bridge. He said the board will also explore selling it.

The General Assembly eliminated the 10-cent toll.

RITBA earlier estimated it spent $4.6 million to $5 million installing the toll equipment. A spokesman said Tuesday a more detailed review found it was just over $4 million.

He said RITBA would have to pay a $1 million contract termination fee to the company that pursues toll violators on the Sakonnet and Newport bridges if the board decides an outside processor isn't needed.

RITBA collected $800,000 from the Sakonnet toll.

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