The MassDOT Board of Directors today voted to move forward with the $197 million Fall River Route 79/I-195 Interchange Project, the final of five Mega Projects in the Patrick Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program. The Fall River project improves safety and removes an elevated structure that has been long seen as a barrier to waterfront development.
“After years of neglect, the Accelerated Bridge Program has allowed us to dramatically improve our bridge infrastructure and stimulate economic growth all over Massachusetts,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “The Accelerated Bridge Program is a key part of our growth strategy that is creating jobs today while leaving a stronger Commonwealth for the next generation.”
The Fall River Interchange Improvement Project is one of five Mega Projects accounting for approximately one-third of the total $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program investment in Commonwealth bridges.
The five Mega Projects are:
Burns Bridge Replacement- $89 million
Fall River Interchange Improvement Project- $197 million
Fore River Bridge Replacement-$245 million
Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation- $255 million
Whittier Bridge Replacement- $292 million
Both the Burns Bridge and Fore River projects are currently under construction. Construction is scheduled to begin in July on the Longfellow and Whittier Bridges.
In Fall River, Milliken Boulevard is currently under construction to better accommodate traffic during this interchange improvement project. The remaining structural repairs and the painting to the Braga Bridge are included in the $197 million project. The project website will be updated regularly with construction news and roadway impacts: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/abp/projects/Rte79I195.aspx
Since 2008, the number of structurally deficient bridges has dropped from 543 to 436, a decline of 19.7 percent. As of January 1, 2013 the ABP Program has completed 121 bridge projects, with another 48 bridge projects currently in construction and an additional 20 bridge projects scheduled to start construction within the next year. Over the course of the eight year program, well over 200 bridges are planned to be replaced or repaired.
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel