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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: 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.

Please review the Detour Route Maps for more information.

Signage will be in place indicating the detour routes. The following detours will be in place from May 28 through the fall of 2016:

  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 eastbound – Turn right on Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left on Water Street Connector, turn left on Route 138 northbound, take a right onto Pocasset Street, turn left onto the temporary on-ramp to I-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 westbound – Turn right on Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left on Route 138 northbound, take a right onto Pocasset Street, continue straight past South Main Street which becomes South Frontage Road, turn left on Troy Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn right onto existing on-ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Route 138 northbound to I-195 eastbound – Take Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, turn left onto temporary on-ramp to I-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 138 northbound to I-195 westbound – Take Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, continue straight past South Main Street which becomes South Frontage Road, turn left on Troy Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn right onto existing on-ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 westbound – Continue across North/South Davol Street where Central Street becomes Water Street, turn left on Water Street Connector, turn left on Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, continue straight past South Main Street which becomes South Frontage Road, turn left on Troy Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn right onto existing on-ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 eastbound – Continue across North/South Davol Street where Central Street becomes Water Street, turn left on Water Street Connector, turn left on Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, turn left onto temporary on-ramp to I-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 is present to facilitate travel through the work zones. 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.

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.

Please review the Detour Route Maps for more information.

Route 79/138 Detours:

  • I-195 westbound to Route 79 northbound -Take Exit 5 from I-195 westbound onto Central Street, turn right onto N. Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 northbound.
  • I-195 eastbound to Route 79 northbound -Continue straight on I-195 eastbound towards 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 N. Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 northbound.
  • I-195 westbound to Route 138 southbound -Take Exit 5 from I-195 westbound onto Central Street, continue straight beyond North/South Davol Street, which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector immediately beyond the Gates of the City, and turn right onto Broadway (Route 138 southbound).
  • I-195 eastbound to Route 138 southbound -Continue straight on I-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, continue straight on Central Street beyond North/South Davol Street, which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector immediately beyond the Gates of the City, and turn right onto Broadway (Route 138 southbound).
  • Route 138 northbound to Route 79 northbound -Turn right from Broadway (Route 138) onto Middle Street, turn left onto S. Main Street, which becomes N. Main Street, turn left onto Central Street just past City Hall, turn right onto N. Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 northbound.
  • Route 79 southbound to Route 138 southbound -Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto S. Davol Street, which becomes N. Davol Street, turn right onto Central Street, which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector immediately beyond the Gates of the City, and turn right onto Broadway (Route 138 southbound).
  • Route 79 southbound to Pocasset Street -Follow detour from Route 79 southbound onto S. Davol Street, which becomes N. Davol Street, turn right onto Central Street, which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector immediately beyond the Gates of the City, turn left onto Route 138 northbound, and Route 138 northbound will turn right onto Pocasset Street.
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