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Judge Says Lawsuit Over Sakonnet Toll Now Moot


A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit brought over the short-lived tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, saying it was moot because the tolls are no longer being collected.

The Newport Daily News reports U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by the town of Portsmouth.

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

The town had argued that federal law prohibits a toll being placed on any bridge after it is already open. It also asked that more than $1 million in tolls collected be reimbursed.

Lagueux also rejected that request.

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