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Rhode Island’s truck tolling system far behind schedule

November 22, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is behind schedule when it comes to putting up gantries on state highways for the state’s truck tolling system.

WPRI-TV reports that the state Department of Transportation has missed multiple self-imposed deadlines to get more gantries up and running, raising doubts about whether the program will bring in the $25 million projected in this year’s budget.

The department had hoped to have seven of the 13 gantry locations up and running by this week, but only four are in operation. A fifth on Interstate 295 in Cumberland is about three months behind schedule.

An agency spokeswoman says the delays were caused by severe flooding in the Midwest where a steel fabricator is located.

The four tolling locations now operating collected $2.8 million between July 1 and Oct. 31.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com