Rhode Island’s Latest Highway Ranking Underscores Non-Necessity of Tolls


Zero Hedge just released an analysis that Rhode Island has the worst “major public roads”, as of 2017.

According to the report, 53 percent of roads in Rhode Island are deemed to be in poor condition, along with 45 percent in California and 42 percent in Hawaii.

Cue the (very, very short list of) truck toll defenders. “This proves we need tolls!”.

Dead wrong. Rhode Island also has the third highest highway repair spending – “highway maintenance disbursements” – also as of 2017. In fact, Rhode Island per mile infrastructure spending has consistently ranked among the highest in the country while the condition of our roads and bridges continues to rank towards the bottom.

Important to keep in mind with the truckers’ toll lawsuit still very much in play and the high risk that the toll cancer will spread to cars: some of the highest spending per mile has resulted in some of the worst roads in the country. It is crystal clear, accordingly, that the state’s highway and bridge issues are not due to a lack of revenue and that throwing ever more money at the problem will not solve it. Don’t let them tell you otherwise; unlike our slick-talking state officials, the numbers don’t lie.

[Monique has been a contributor to the Ocean State Current and Anchor Rising for over ten years, was volunteer spokesperson for the citizens advocacy anti-toll group StopTollsRI.com for three+ years and began working for the Rhode Island Trucking Association as a staff member in September of 2017.]

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I heard someone speaking on this over the radio recently. I regret that I didn’t catch his name. His point was that the poor quality of materials used don’t have any life span. I knew that most people don’t know that there are grades and qualities of asphalt. I know out of state road people who won’t work in RI, they have had union representatives show up displaying guns. Not actually “pulling them”, just making them obvious.

    • Joe Smith

      Exactly Rhett – remember the same segment. I believe he said combination of weather (wet and temperature extremes) and poor materials was basically a recipe for continual bad roads.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        Yes, that was the one. I think I caught it in the middle.

  • ShannonEntropy

    Gina’s truck tolls are typical of Liberal Political Policy:

    >>> If it’s economically productive… tax it to death

    >>> If it’s a drain on society… subsidize it
    [ See fer ex: unwed single-mother parenthood / Medicaid ]

    A sane governor would do what low-tax States do:
    Tax tourists… like putting high taxes on Resort Area
    condos, hotels and rental cars

    But our Society in general & lib gum-mint in particular has gone totally Insane:

    “Everything is upside down everything is backwards. Doctors destroy heath, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religion destroys spirituality and governments destroy freedom” *

    * author unknown

    • Rhett Hardwick

      “That which you tax, you diminish;
      that which you subsidize, you increase”
      Jefferson (I think)

      • BasicCaruso

        Definitely not Jefferson. He did, however, write this…

        “I experience great satisfaction at seeing my country proceed to facilitate the intercommunications of its several parts, by opening rivers, canals and roads. How much more rational is this disposal of public money, than that of waging war.”
        –Thomas Jefferson, 1786

      • BasicCaruso

        Last time… lol

  • BasicCaruso

    What nonsense! Like saying because your house is the most expensive on the block, you don’t need any additional money in the monthly budget to fix the leaking roof.

    52% of our bridges ranked as deficient? Not your concern, conservatives! (Till you get the bill)

    fwiw, RI ranks below both CT and MA in Total Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile…

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  • Rhett Hardwick

    A thought