A recent proposal from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to ban through trucks from 14 secondary highways in the state is on hold after a transportation committee in the state denied the request.
Rhode Island’s State Traffic Commission voted down the proposal Thursday, but agreed to reconsider it in 45 days after requesting more information from RIDOT. According to a report from the Providence Journal, the commission asked for more information on how the restrictions would be enforced, and whether they need legislative approval.
The agency’s proposal would bar tractor-trailers from certain state roads, which could be used by truckers an alternate route to avoid the state’s new toll gantries. The proposal could not ban trucks using the roads to reach the National Network, or to access local areas, food, rest, fuel or repairs, per federal regulations.
Chris Maxwell, president of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, told local news station WPRI the proposal “is the next phase in the war against the trucking industry.”
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, ...
The roads included in the proposed restriction include:
The first of Rhode Island’s trucks-only tolls are set to be operational by the end of the year, as previously reported by Overdrive. The tolls are part of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks plan signed into law last year. A total of 14 will be installed on major interstates and highways in the state with the revenue generated from the tolls going to infrastructure repairs.
Class 8 truckers will pay a maximum of $20 to travel one-way through the state on I-95. Each electronic toll gantry a trucker passes under would cost about $3. The maximum daily charge would be $40.