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DOT Head Says Lack Of Truck Toll Proposal Specifics Not Unusual

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The head of the state Department of Transportation says the lack of specific sites for truck tolls in Governor Raimondo’s infrastructure plan is not...

The head of the state Department of Transportation says the lack of specific sites for truck tolls in Governor Raimondo’s infrastructure plan is not unusual. Critics say this information should be made public before the legislature considers the plan early next year.

The governor wants to use truck tolls at a total of 17 sites on five highways around the state to generate money to improve bridges. DOT director Peter Alviti said a series of studies are being used to pinpoint the most logical locations for the truck tolls.

“This is part of a standard traditional kind of engineering approach to these kinds of problems,” said Alviti. “For an engineering standpoint, we don’t have to have defined the final position that we’re going to ultimately solve this problem in.”

Critics also question whether DOT can adequate manage the governor’s $1.1 billion infrastructure plan. Altviti says ongoing changes at DOT are improving accountability and performance within the agency.

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Rhode Isalnd has some of the worst highway infrastructure in the country. A proposal to toll commercial trucks to help pay for repairs has proven controversial.
Rhode Isalnd has some of the worst highway infrastructure in the country. A proposal to toll commercial trucks to help pay for repairs has proven controversial.