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MassDOT will hold a public informational meeting on Thursday, November 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Massachusetts Department of Recreation’s Visitors Center at the Fall River Heritage State Park. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss a MassDOT study of the Route 79/Davol Street Corridor between Cedar Street and the new Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

MassDOT will present three distinct transportation concepts that are intended to increase connectivity, improve safety, and promote economic development. One alternative would keep Route 79 elevated but increase the number of cross-street connections to and from the waterfront. The second and third options would lower Route 79 and replace it with variations of a boulevard.

This study sought to balance transportation needs and meet the needs of local and regional residents while supporting economic development opportunities. The study will produce short, medium and long-term recommendations that can be carried forward into project development, and are intended to benefit motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and access to new South Coast Rail service.

This is the second of two informational meetings that will provide the general public with an opportunity to learn about the project and to solicit input.  The alternatives that will be presented were developed over the last year in cooperation with a group of local stakeholders, a Working Group, and in conjunction with substantial analysis of current and projected traffic, economic development opportunities and community aspirations.

To request language interpretation assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternative formats, or information on the meeting, please contact: Jill Barrett by email jbarrett@fhiplan.com or by phone (860) 570-0740 by November 15 . Portuguese, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole interpretation services will also be provided at the meeting.  For more information visit the project website: www.massdot.state.ma.us/route79/

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