Route 146 truck toll gantry installed

Route 146 truck toll gantry installed

The installation of the truck toll gantry on Route 146 is nearing completion. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)

LINCOLN – A new truck toll gantry looms over Route 146 in Lincoln, the most recent installment in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Rhode Works truck tolling rollout, but it’s unclear when the toll, which for now only impacts tractor-trailer trucks, will go live.

A schedule released by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation in May shows this Lincoln toll as the second to be installed after one on Route 6 in Providence.

Construction on the toll at Route 146 near Route 116 was originally set to begin in March, with the gantry installed in July, testing in August and a “go live” date of Aug. 14.

When The Valley Breeze requested the most recent installation schedule, RIDOT Spokesman Charles St. Martin said, “The only active toll locations are the two on I-95 in Hope Valley and one on Route 6 in Providence. The gantry for the next location on Route 146 was installed this week. Testing will be underway for the next few weeks. I don’t have a go-live date right now.”

Another local gantry at the Leigh Road Bridge on Route 295 in Cumberland, which was originally scheduled to open on Sept. 25, will open “later this fall,” according to St. Martin.

“We have been seeing variances in steel supplies influenced by outside forces in the steel market and in this case, there was a delay in obtaining the steel for the gantries,” he said of the delays.

The tolls are being installed under the RhodeWorks program, which aims to repair the state’s bridges by tolling trucks.

The gantry on Route 146 will help replace the Louisquisset Pike Bridge over Route 116, while the toll on Route 295 over Scott and Leigh roads will help replace the deck and strengthen the bridge as part of an ongoing project.

The Breeze recently reported that other planned projects to improve conditions on Route 146 have been delayed. Repaving a significant portion of the roadway has been delayed two years until 2024.

Funding that would have added acceleration/deceleration lanes on Route 146 near Route 116 has been slashed completely.

In addition, intersection safety improvements, signage replacement and signal improvements in that area have been delayed from 2019 to 2023 due to a lack of current available funding.

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which for now only impacts tractor-trailer trucks.