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Portsmouth to appeal after US District judge dismisses challenge to Sakonnet bridge tolls

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PORTSMOUTH, Rhode Island — The Portsmouth Town Council will appeal a federal court judge's dismissal of its challenge to tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The Newport Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that the council voted 5-1 Monday to appeal last Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux in Providence.

The bridge opened in April 2013 and began collecting a 10-cent placeholder toll. The toll ended less than a year later in June when the General Assembly changed the law to prohibit tolls on the bridge.

The town said federal law prohibits a toll on bridges after they're open. It also wants the return of more than $1 million in tolls.

Town Solicitor Kevin P. Gavin says Lagueux did not deal with the main point of Portsmouth's challenge concerning federal rules prohibiting tolls on bridges that are open.


Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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