Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman Barney Frank, Congressman Jim McGovern, MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey, state legislators and local municipal leaders along with hundreds of family, friends and local residents for the September 11 ceremony for the new Veterans’ Memorial Bridge connecting Fall River and Somerset.
The ceremony and naming of the new bridge honors Fall River and Somerset area members of the Armed Forces who served their country.
The Veterans’ Memorial Bridge replaces the century old Brightman Street Bridge located to the south and will carry a newly reconfigured Route 6 over the Taunton River between Somerset and Fall River. The $292.6 million bridge project includes a new a four-leaf bascule bridge, with each leaf and counterweight having a combined weight of four million pounds.
The new bridge will improve traffic on the roads and on the waterway, with a horizontal clearance of 200 feet and a vertical clearance of 60 feet with the bascule leaves in the closed position.
The westbound lanes of the new bridge will open this week upon completion of final paving and pavement markings. Eastbound lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2011, depending on weather impacts on the final work schedule.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced