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Delays in truck toll network prompt budget trimming

January 31, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says delays in rolling out the truck toll network are affecting a number of state infrastructure projects.

WJAR-TV reports that because only two out of 14 proposed toll gantries are in place, the department has proposed cutting $28 million from bicycle and pedestrian projects and trimming $96 million from its highway-repaving budget in response.

The Providence Journal reports the budget changes will allow the state to keep the promise it made when lawmakers approved truck tolls in 2015 — getting 90 percent of the state’s highway bridges structurally sufficient by 2025.

Currently, 77 percent of Rhode Island’s bridges are rated sufficient. Agency Director Peter Alviti Jr. says the department is required by law to fix bridges, so the department is prioritizing that.

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