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 Traffic Update posted on Oct 30
MassDOT will begin implementing traffic changes for the next stage of construction for the Route 79/Braga Bridge Project on Wednesday, November 12. The following changes will be implemented in a phased approach through the middle of December: Vehicles on Route 79/138 (Broadway) bound for Interstate …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Traffic Update
RMV: Promise to Customers posted on Oct 28
Today, MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey and MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue offered a 10 point promise to RMV customers. The reimagining effort comprises current, ongoing and future initiatives that the RMV has in development to better the Registry experience. …Continue Reading RMV: Promise to Customers
November E-ZPass Sign Up: Chelsea, Everett posted on Oct 28
MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass with All-Electronic Tolling now in place on the Tobin Bridge and expanding statewide within the next two years. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass throughout the Fall season. The E-ZPass Van schedule …Continue Reading November E-ZPass Sign Up: Chelsea, Everett