DOT: Tolling won’t harm en­vi­ron­ment

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — A new re­port says there will be no ma­jor en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts by 10 truck toll sys­tems pro­posed to be in­stalled on high­ways and other ma­jor roads across north­ern Rhode Is­land.

The state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion posted its en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment of the lo­ca­tions on its web­site Thurs­day. The agency will ac­cept com­ments on the re­port un­til Aug. 11 and has sched­uled pub­lic hear­ings July 27 in Prov­i­dence, War­wick and Cen­tral Falls.

Rhode Is­land’s first two elec­tronic truck tolls started June 11 as part of a $5 bil­lion in­fra­struc­ture plan to re­pair bridges and roads and will even­tu­ally ex­pand to 14 sites. A truck­ing in­dus­try group sued the state this week, say­ing the tolls un­fairly tar­get com­mer­cial trucks.

In­ter­states 95, 195 and 295 are among the roads where tolls will be charged.

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