VIDEO: Congressional Candidate Vows to Stop Bridge Tolls

Brendan Doherty, candidate for the first Congressional District, discussed his views on the Sakonnet River Bridge toll at a morning press conference.

A plan to place tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge is nothing more than "a failure of leadership," said Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty

Doherty, who is running as a Republican candidate for the First Congressional District, held a news conference Thursday morning on the Tiverton side of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

While surrounded from reporters from various media outlets, the Congressional candidate spoke about how  will harm the local economy. 

"It (bridge tolls) is an economic impediment. Those that live in Little Compton and Tiverton might think twice before getting their coffee at the or their groceries at , or traveling to beautiful downtown Bristol," Doherty said.

"This will hurt the small business owners on Aquidneck Island who depend on the ease and convenience of commerce to provide for their families. It is a failure of leadership." 

Doherty said, if elected, he would work toward three things: 

  • Changing the federal transportation formula; 
  • Establish a public/private infrastructure bank; 
  • Supplement the highway trust fund by leasing federal lands.

To view more from this morning's news conference, view the video above. 

What do you think about Doherty's plan? Do you think it will work? Tell us in the comment section below! 


Charlie Shean September 07, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We need more guys like Mr Doherty to stick up for the local people and the right move,the right choice,the only logical economical right move to help local business.Do not toll the bridge lease federal property get fines from violator but do not toll these locals!!! Thats not the right thing to do.....
Jack September 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Brendan Doherty will be another NO vote as programed by the GOP, he has to join the big block to repay all the Citizens United money and others he has used for his TV adds....the country does not need another Republican follower in DC. He will be a puppet for the party
Sandra J. Flowers, PhD September 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Is the Sakonnet Bridge a state road? If so, then what role would a US Congressman have in changing the law, other than influencing the voting body, i.e., the General Assembly, or the general officers? I'm just wondering.


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