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Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project

Traffic

Construction brings some inconvenience, including detours and changes in regular travel routes. MassDOT will continuously provide advance notice of the project phases, changes in routes and other information. The end result will be a new roadway and bridges, and enhanced connections and options for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Local access to area attractions and abutting properties will be maintained at all times. All businesses are open. Motorists should follow the Battleship Cove Area signage for access to the waterfront. MassDOT encourages through traffic to seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Drivers destined for locations near the affected area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone.

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is subject to change without notice. All lane restrictions and closures and construction activities are weather dependent. As is typical with most large construction projects, work may sometimes take place without prior notice; however, MassDOT will make every effort to provide advance notice.

Modified Lane Closures of I-195 Westbound on Braga Bridge in Place through Late August/Early September 2015

Effective May 29, MassDOT has closed the left lane of I-195 westbound on the Braga Bridge. The right two lanes are open for travel. This configuration will be in place through late August/early September 2015. On I-195 eastbound, the travel lane configuration remains unchanged with the left two lanes open for travel.

Fall River: Modified Detour Routes Beginning Late Saturday, July 18

By sundown on Saturday, July 18, MassDOT’s contractor will implement new detour routes in Fall River. Detour routes for on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound, and for Route 79/138 have been modified to address changes in travel direction. They may vary for car and truck traffic. Signage will be in place to assist motorists.

The following roadway segments will be opened to two-way traffic:

  • Davol Street Bridge (between Anawan/Pocasset and Central Streets)
  • Water Street Connector (between Ponta Delgada Boulevard and Route 138/Broadway)
  • Anawan Street (between Water and Pond Streets)
  • Pocasset Street between Connector Road (at the Chamber of Commerce and Fall River Herald News building) and Route 138/Broadway where it intersects with Anawan Street

The following roadway segments will be opened to one-way traffic:

  • Anawan Street traveling from Pond Street to Route 138/Broadway, eastbound only
  • Central Street traveling from Route 79 at the Davol Street Bridge to Pond Street, westbound only. Truck restriction in place; follow signage for appropriate truck routes.

Please note that reopened roadways previously closed for construction will have limited lanes. Drivers who must travel through the affected area should expect similar delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone. Modified detour routes and maps are posted below.

Local access to area attractions and abutting properties will be maintained at all times. All businesses are open. Motorists should follow the Battleship Cove Area signage for access to the waterfront.

On-Ramps to I-195 East and Westbound from Route 79/138 Northbound and Central Street Closed through Fall 2016

MassDOT has closed the on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound from Route 79/138 and Broadway northbound, and from Central Street at Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard. The closures are necessary to demolish and reconstruct the last two elevated bridges as part of project. Associated detour routes will be in place through fall 2016. Signage is in place indicating the detour routes. Detour routes for car and truck traffic may vary and are indicated below.

Please review the detour route maps for more information.

I-195 On-Ramp Detours:

  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 eastbound (CARS ONLY) - Turn right onto Central Street, which becomes Water Street; turn left onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; turn left onto temporary on-ramp to 1-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 eastbound (TRUCKS ONLY) - Continue straight on Route 79/138 southbound towards Water Street Connector; turn right onto Water Street Connector; turn right onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, which becomes Water Street past the Gates of the City; turn right onto Anawan Street; Continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; turn left onto temporary on-ramp to 1-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 westbound (CARS ONLY) - Turn right onto Central Street, which becomes Water Street; turn left onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; continue straight on Pocasset Street, which becomes South Frontage Road past South Main Street; turn left onto Troy Street; turn right onto Pleasant Street; turn right onto existing on-ramp to 1-195 westbound.
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 westbound (TRUCKS ONLY) - Continue straight on Route 79/138 southbound towards Water Street Connector; turn right onto Water Street Connector; turn right onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, which becomes Water Street past the Gates of the City; turn right onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; continue straight on Pocasset Street, which becomes South Frontage Road past South Main Street; turn left onto Troy Street; turn right onto Pleasant Street; turn right onto existing on-ramp to 1-195 westbound.
  • Route 138 northbound to I-195 eastbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Continue straight on Route 138 northbound towards Pocasset Street; turn right onto Pocasset Street; turn left onto temporary on-ramp to 1-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 138 northbound to I-195 westbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Continue straight on Route 138 northbound towards Pocasset Street; turn right onto Pocasset Street; continue straight on Pocasset Street, which becomes South Frontage Road past South Main Street; turn left onto Troy Street; turn right onto Pleasant Street; turn right onto existing on-ramp to 1-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 westbound (CARS ONLY) - Continue straight on Central Street, which becomes Water Street past North/South Davol Street; turn left onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; continue straight on Pocasset Street, which becomes South Frontage Road past South Main Street; turn left onto Troy Street; turn right onto Pleasant Street; turn right onto on-ramp to 1-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 westbound (TRUCKS ONLY) - Turn left onto Route 79/138 southbound; continue straight on Route 79/138 southbound towards Water Street Connector; turn right onto Water Street Connector; turn right onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, which becomes Water Street past the Gates of the City; turn right onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; continue straight on Pocasset Street, which becomes South Frontage Road past South Main Street; turn left onto Troy Street; turn right onto Pleasant Street; turn right onto on-ramp to 1-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 eastbound (CARS ONLY) - Continue straight on Central Street, which becomes Water Street past North/South Davol Street; turn left on Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; turn left onto temporary on-ramp to I-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Central Street to I-195 eastbound (TRUCKS ONLY) - Turn left onto Route 79/138 southbound; continue straight on Route 79/138 southbound towards Water Street Connector; turn right onto Water Street Connector; turn right onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, which becomes Water Street past the Gates of the City; turn right onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138; turn left onto temporary on-ramp to 1-195 eastbound at Connector Road.

Since these ramps provide access to I-195, closing them will not impact pedestrian or bicycle access during this work.

Route 79/138 Detour Routes in place through Fall 2016

New detour routes are in place through fall 2016 for traffic on Routes 79 and 138. Signage is in place indicating detour routes and police details are present to facilitate travel through the work zones. Detour routes for car and truck traffic may vary and are indicated below.

Please review the Detour Route Maps for more information.

Route 79/138 Detours:

  • I-195 westbound to Route 79 northbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Take Exit 5 from 1-195 westbound onto Central Street; turn right onto South Davol Street, which becomes North Davol Street; continue straight on North Davol Street to Route 79 northbound.
  • I-195 eastbound to Route 79 northbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Continue straight on 1-195 eastbound towards Exits 6-7; take Exits 6-7 and keep right towards Exit 6; take Exit 6 and turn right onto Hartwell Street; turn right onto Fourth Street, which becomes Troy Street; turn left onto Bedford Street, which becomes Central Street; turn right onto South Davol Street, which becomes North Davol Street; continue straight on North Davol Street to Route 79 northbound.
  • I-195 westbound to Route 138 southbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Take Exit 5 from 1-195 westbound onto Central Street; turn left onto Route 79/138 southbound.
  • I-195 eastbound to Route 138 southbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Continue straight on 1-195 eastbound towards Exits 6-7; take Exits 6-7 and keep right towards Exit 6; take Exit 6 and turn right onto Hartwell Street; turn right onto Fourth Street, which becomes Troy Street; turn left onto Bedford Street, which becomes Central Street; turn left onto Route 79/138 southbound.
  • Route 138 northbound to Route 79 northbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Turn right from Broadway (Route 138) onto Middle Street; turn left onto South Main Street, which becomes North Main Street; turn left onto Central Street just past City Hall; turn right onto South Davol Street, which becomes North Davol Street; continue straight on North Davol Street to Route 79 northbound.
  • Route 79 southbound to Route 138 southbound (CARS & TRUCKS) - Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto South Davol Street; continue straight on South Davol Street to Route 79/138 southbound.
  • Route 79 southbound to Pocasset Street (CARS ONLY) - Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto South Davol Street; turn right onto Central Street, which becomes Water Street; turn left onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138.
  • Route 79 southbound to Pocasset Street (TRUCKS ONLY) - Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto South Davol Street; continue straight on Route 79/138 southbound towards Water Street Connector; turn right onto Water Street Connector; turn right onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, which becomes Water Street past the Gates of the City; turn right onto Anawan Street; continue straight on Anawan Street, which becomes Pocasset Street past Route 79/138.
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