FHWA Approves RI Truck Toll Plan. Agreement on Gantry Location Near Native American Burial Site Is Expected.

Providence Journal reports, “The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on 13 of Rhode Island’s proposed tolls on tractor-trailers, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday [October 5].” The report adds, “Approval for a 14th truck toll, planned for the Providence Viaduct, ‘will be executed once the existing environmental mitigation requirements for the project are satisfied,’” according to a RIDOT news release. RIDOT plans to issue an RFP in November for creation and management of the new AET system.

WPRI News reports that a final gantry location is expected to be approved after the state reaches an agreement with the Narragansett Indian Tribe, which has a claim to ancient burial grounds that lie beneath the Providence Viaduct.