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Route 79 Braga Bridge 3, July 2015

Paving the new Davol Street Bridge

The Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project in Fall River moves forward with roadway segments to be opened and new detour routes implemented by sundown on Saturday, July 18.  Detour routes for on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound and for Route 79/138 have been modified to address changes in travel directions. 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 restrictions in place; follow signage for appropriate truck routes.

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 not destined for the waterfront area to seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

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 for I-195 east and westbound ramps and Route 79/138 are posted on the project website Traffic page.

For more information on the project, visit the website at

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