PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island officials are pushing back the launch date for new truck tolls.

Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti told The Providence Journal on Monday that the agency is taking extra time on environmental permitting and testing the back-end financial system. Collections for the new tolls on Interstate 95 were expected to begin by the end of 2017, but Alviti says it’s now likely collections will begin in late February or early March.

Alviti says the governor wanted the agency to make sure they proceed cautiously, so the agency decided to take more time to apply scrutiny to the environmental assessment and testing the technical collection system.

The DOT will hold a public hearing on the environmental assessment on Nov. 21.

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