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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 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.

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.

Stage 1B Project Detour Routes in place through summer 2015

New detour routes are in place for through traffic on Routes 79 and 138 through summer 2015. Signage will be in place indicating detour routes and police details will be 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.

Signage will be in place indicating detour routes and police details will be 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.

Please review the Detour Route Maps for more information.

Stage 1B Traffic Detours:

  • 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 6, turn right onto Hartwell Street, turn right onto 4th Street which becomes Troy Street, turn left onto Bedford Street which becomes Central Street, turn right onto North Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 north.
  • From I-195 westbound to Route 138 southbound - Take exit 5 from I-195 westbound onto Central Street, continue straight to Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector and turn right onto Route 138 southbound (Broadway Extension).
  • From I-195 eastbound to Route 138 southbound - Take Exit 6, turn right onto Hartwell Street, turn right onto 4th Street which becomes Troy Street, turn left onto Bedford Street which becomes Central Street and then Water Street, continue straight onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, cross Columbia Street onto 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 Water Street Connector, continue straight onto the ramp and follow the sign to I-195 and bear right toward 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, turn right onto Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector, continue straight onto the ramp and follow the sign to I-195 and bear left onto the ramp toward I-195 westbound.
  • Route 138 northbound to Route 79 northbound - 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 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, turn right onto Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left onto Water Street Connector and turn right onto Route 138 southbound (Broadway Extension).
  • Route 79 southbound to Pocasset Street - 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 Water Street Connector, turn right onto Route 138 southbound (Broadway Extension), turn left onto Middle Street, turn left onto South Main Street and turn left onto Pocasset Street.

Exit 5 off I-195 Eastbound Closed Through 2015

Exit 5 off I-195 eastbound is closed through 2015. Motorists should use Exit 6 to reach downtown Fall River.

The following detours for the Exit 5 closure will be in place for I-195 eastbound traffic through 2015:

  • To Route 79 northbound – Take Exit 6, turn right onto Hartwell Street, turn right onto 4th Street which becomes Troy Street, turn left onto Bedford Street which becomes Central Street, turn right onto North Davol Street and continue straight to Route 79 north.
  • To Route 138 southbound – Take Exit 6, turn right onto Hartwell Street, turn right onto 4th Street which becomes Troy Street, turn left onto Bedford Street which becomes Central Street and then Water Street, continue straight onto Ponta Delgada Boulevard, cross Columbia Street onto Eagle Street, turn right onto Hope Street and turn left onto Broadway (Route 138 southbound).

Please review the Detour Route Maps for more information.

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.

Canal Street from Spring Street to Broadway Extension has been closed permanently as part of the project.

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