PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's bridge authority has approved hiking the Sakonnet Bridge toll in May and raising the Newport Bridge toll instead if the legislature blocks any increase on the Sakonnet.

The authority's action Wednesday came after key legislative panels endorsed pushing back the date at which it may hike the 10-cent toll from April 1 to May 15.

Authority Chairman David Darlington said the Sakonnet toll will be 50 cents with an in-state E-ZPass and $3.75 for others beginning May 16.

If the Sakonnet increase is blocked, the Newport toll will climb from 83 cents to $1.04 with an in-state E-ZPass and from $4 to $5 for others.

Lawmakers are considering a bill sponsors say would raise $1 billion for transportation infrastructure over 10 years and prohibit a Sakonnet toll altogether.


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