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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.

Closure of North and South Davol Street in Fall River on Saturday, November 22

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will close North and South Davol Street (Route 79) in Fall River between the u-turn and Central Street on Saturday, November 22 for work related to the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project. The closure is effective from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is necessary so the contractor can continue to prepare for traffic changes for Stage 1B detours. Following Saturday's detour, the traffic that is currently using North Davol Street to travel north and southbound will be shifted to South Davol Street, which will be open to two-way traffic between Central Street and the u-turn.

Bicyclists and pedestrians can access the waterfront using the crossings at Central Street, President Avenue and Anawan 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. The Exit 5 off-ramp from I-195 westbound will be open for access to Central Street only.

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 for Saturday, November 22 from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM only:

  • 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.

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 from November 2014 through summer 2015

New detour routes are in place for through traffic on Routes 79 and 138 from November 2014 through summer 2015. The new detour routes are being phased in in the following sequence through the middle of December:

  • Vehicles on Route 79/138 (Broadway) bound for Interstate 195 (I-195) east and westbound will be shifted to a temporary ramp to allow demolition of the existing elevated ramp.
  • Close North Davol Street to two-way traffic between Central Street and the u-turn and open South Davol Street to two-way traffic between Central Street and the u-turn.
  • Open Water Street Connector to one-way traffic and open a portion of Route 79/138 (Broadway) from Columbia Street to the Water Street Connector to two-way traffic.
  • Close Anawan Street/Pocasset Street to through traffic between Davol Street and the Work Out World parking lot (local access maintained).

These traffic changes will be in place into the summer of 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.

MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes if not destined for the project area to avoid delays. Drivers who are traveling through the affected area to reach a local business or attraction should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone.

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 5 from I-195 eastbound toward Route 138 southbound (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, turn left onto Water Street Connector and turn right onto Route 138 southbound (Broadway Extension).
  • 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.

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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