RIDOT data suggests fewer truckers dodging tolls than expected

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released new data Thursday regarding the second month of tolling tractor trailer trucks passing through the state.

The data released Thursday revealed that the number of trucks diverting from I-95 daily to avoid the trolls numbered around four trucks on average, compared to earlier estimates that up to 300 trucks a day would divert.

The data further revealed that the assessed tolls from the state’s two gantry locations totaled $664,617.50, over $65,000 more than the 2017 estimate of $598,667.

Chris Maxwell, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, has been an outspoken critic of the tolling system being put in place, stating that the truck toll gantries could be unlawful.

Maxwell told ABC6 that “truck counts, diversions, and revenue have nothing to with the constitutionality of truck-only tolling.”

RIDOT says once the tolling system is completed, it will provide $45 million per year to help improve the state’s infrastructure.

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