Rhode Island

Grounded 280-ton truck finally allowed to move, carrier forced to pay state $60k

Bay Crane Northeast agreed to take out a $25 million insurance policy with the state as a co-insured party, pay the cost of the police escort through the state, and reimburse Rhode Island DOT $60,000 for its trouble in dealing with the truck.

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280-ton truck halted without permit in Rhode Island

According to a report from WPRI, the 16-axle truck weighing 560,000 pounds was hauling a massive generator through the state on its way to Massachusetts.

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First of Rhode Island’s trucks-only tolls coming later this year

A contractor for the state will begin building and installing the toll gantries on the northbound and southbound sides of I-95 near Hopkinton and Richmond, as well as near Exeter.

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R.I. lawmaker wants to repeal truck toll law, Louisiana looking at split speeds

A bill introduced in Rhode Island would, if passed, repeal the RhodeWorks law passed last year that enacted trucks-only tolls in the state. Another bill introduced in Louisiana proposes to reduce the speed limit for trucks and buses by 10 miles per hour on interstates.

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Voters approve infrastructure funding initiatives in several states

New Jersey, Illinois, Maine, Texas, Louisiana and Rhode Island voters approved measures in Tuesday's election to provide funding for infrastructure projects in their respective states.

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Thursday roundup: Chiropractors and sleep apnea tests, Rhode Island throws parking bone to truckers

Road report from owner-operator Joe Bielucki on a recently-reopened Rhode Island truck rest area on I-95, and a view on the Medical Review Board's recent apnea screening/testing recommendation: Should chiropractors be able to order retesting?

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Trucking industry stakeholders voice concerns about Rhode Island’s toll plan

“The trucking industry and related entities – including truck stops and travel centers – will suffer greatly from a discriminatory truck-only toll,” said Chris Maxwell, president of the Rhode Island Trucking Association.

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Anti-toll rally to be held in Rhode Island next week

In its announcement of the rally, NATSO says that even though the revenue raised from the truck-only tolls is supposed to go toward repairing roads and bridges, there are no legal requirements for this to happen. Organizers say they intend to shed light on the effects the state’s trucks-only tolling plan will have on truckers in the state.

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R.I.’s trucks-only toll plan approved by DOT, truck group vows to continue fight

The tolls will be used to reconstruct or replace 34 bridges. "The trucking industry remains unified and resolute in its fight against this policy," said R.I.'s trucking association. "We will use every resource and tactic available to us to win in the political, legal and commerce arenas."

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R.I. trucks-only toll plan enacted following governor’s signature

With the bill signed into law, drivers of class 8 trucks will pay a maximum of $20 to travel through the state along Interstate 95 one-way. Each electronic toll gantry a trucker passes under would cost about $3. The maximum daily charge would be $40.

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