A federal court in Rhode Island denied a request late Wednesday afternoon for a temporary restraining order against tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, one day after a third community joined in a lawsuit seeking to stop the state from implementing them.

Judge Ronald Lagueux of the U.S. District Court in Providence ordered the parties back into court next Wednesday to begin arguments in Portsmouth's lawsuit, which it filed last week. Tiverton, which voted Tuesday night to support the lawsuit, and Bristol are supporting plaintiffs. The three communities say the tariff would unfairly burden nearby residents and businesses.

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