Thursday, July 12, 6:00-9:00pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, 200 Davol Street
Staff members will present the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Notification Form for the project. The documents are available on the project website at www.mass.gov/massdot/route79project. Comments will be accepted through July 20.
The project's proposed preferred alternative would remove the two-level Route 79 viaduct and construct an at grade Route 79 using portions of existing streets (Broadway Extension, Davol/Viaduct Street, and Davol Street). The at-grade roadway between Anawan/Pocasset Street and Central Street will be at the level of existing Davol/Viaduct Street on a structure spanning the railroad tracks and the Quequechan River. The roadway will include two lanes in each direction, except for turn lanes or auxiliary lanes.
New ramps will maintain connections with I-195, Broadway Extension, Central Street, and Milliken Boulevard. Water Street Connector will be a new two-way roadway improving access between the waterfront and Route 79. Sidewalk and bicycle accommodations will be improved along the at-grade roadway.
MassDOT will uuse a Design Build procurement process to choose a team to construct the project. Construction is expected to start in early 2013.
Comments on the Environmental Assessment and Environmental Notification Form must be submitted by July 20, 2012 to Pamela S. Stephenson, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, 55 Broadway, 10th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142, Attention: Damaris Santiago; and to Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office, 100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114, Attention: MEPA Coordinator; with a copy to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT Highway Division, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Mary E. Hynes, Project File No. 605223.
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