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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. 

Central Street Closed in Fall River between Milliken Boulevard and Water Street on Saturday, April 12

Exit 5 off I-195 Westbound and North Davol Street also Closed

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will close Central Street (Route 79/138) between Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard and Water Street, Exit 5 from I-195 westbound and North Davol Street (Route 79) between President Avenue and Central Street on Saturday, April 12. The closure is necessary to demolish the existing elevated portion of Route 79/138 in the area, and will be in place from 7 AM to 6 PM. Bicyclists and pedestrians can access the waterfront using the crossings at President Avenue and Anawan Street. There will be no pedestrian or bicycle access to the waterfront on Central Street between Heritage State Park and Harbor Street. Local access to area attractions and abutting properties will be maintained at all times. Motorists should follow the Battleship Cove Area signage for access to the waterfront. Police details will be present at the work site and along the detour route to maintain traffic flow. The following detour routes will be in place on April 12:

  • I-195 westbound traffic destined for Route 79/138 and points north should use Exit 6 or reverse direction at Exit 4.
  • North Davol Street (Route 79) traffic destined for points south should use President Avenue, Robeson Street and Bedford Street.
  • North Davol Street (Route 79) and Central Street traffic destined for points north should use North Main Street and President Avenue.
  • Central Street (Route 79/138) traffic destined for points south should use South Main Street.
  • Central Street (Route 79/138) traffic destined for the Battleship Cove or Water Street areas should use Pocasset and Anawan Streets. 

MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Drivers who must travel through the affected area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone. 

 

Project Detour Routes in place through the fall 2015

Through traffic on Routes 79 and 138 will be detoured using the following local roads through fall 2015. Please review the  detour route maps for more information.

  • From I-195 westbound to Route 79 northbound – Take Exit 5 from I-195 westbound onto Central Street, turn right onto North Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 northbound.
  • From I-195 eastbound to Route 79 northbound – Take Exit 5 from I-195 eastbound toward Route 138 south (North Tiverton, RI), turn left onto Milliken Boulevard, turn left onto Central Street, turn right onto North Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 northbound.
  • From I-195 westbound to Route 138 southbound – Take Exit 5 from I-195 westbound onto Central Street, continue straight to Water Street which becomes Ponta Delgada Boulevard and ends at Columbia Street, continue across Columbia Street where Ponta Delgada becomes Eagle Street, turn right onto Hope Street and turn left onto Broadway (Route 138 southbound).
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 eastbound – Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto South Davol Street which becomes North Davol Street, turn right onto Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Anawan Street which becomes Pocasset Street and turn left onto temporary ramp to I-195 eastbound.
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 westbound – Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto South Davol Street which becomes North Davol Street, take right onto Central Street which becomes Water Street, take left onto Anawan Street which becomes Pocasset Street and then South Frontage Road, turn left onto 4th Street, turn right onto Pleasant Street and turn right onto ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Route 138 northbound to Route 79 northbound – From Broadway (Route 138), turn right 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 North Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 northbound.
  • Route 79 southbound to Route 138 southbound – Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto South Davol Street which becomes North Davol Street, take right onto Central Street which becomes Water Street and then Ponta Delgada Boulevard and ends at Columbia Street, continue across Columbia Street where Ponta Delgada Boulevard becomes Eagle Street, turn right onto Hope Street and turn left onto Broadway (Route 138 southbound).   

Braga Bridge Lane Restrictions/Canal Street Closure

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) design/build joint venture for the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, Barletta Heavy/O&G JV, has begun work on the Braga Bridge.

The right lane and shoulder of Braga Bridge/I-195 westbound and eastbound will be closed through spring 2015. Drivers should anticipate traffic congestion during peak periods and allow extra time. 

Additional project restrictions include the closure of Canal Street, from Spring Street to Broadway Extension, effective Thursday, October 10, 2013 as part of the project.
 

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