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.
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Today, MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced Brian Shortsleeve will serve as the Chief Administrator for the MBTA, working alongside the newly appointed Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), interim General Manager Frank DePaola, who will continue in his current role focusing solely on operations and …Continue Reading MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team
MBTA Orange Line Service Alert: Suspension of Weekend Service August 1-2 posted on Jul 29
The MBTA has scheduled necessary track maintenance activities on the Orange Line for this weekend, Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. Weekend service will be suspended between Forest Hills and Ruggles Stations. During the suspension of service, work crews will remove and replace rail …Continue Reading MBTA Orange Line Service Alert: Suspension of Weekend Service August 1-2
Longfellow Bridge: August Closures Update posted on Jul 29
The Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project moves forward with demolition work that will require bridge closures. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will periodically close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic beginning on Saturday, August 1 through Friday, August 21. The closures are necessary to safely …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: August Closures Update