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Fall River Somerset Route 79 Project 1st Steel Beam, June 3, 2014Another day, another milestone is reached for a MassDOT “mega” project! The first steel beams were lifted into place this week as part of the Route 79/ Braga Bridge Project in Fall River.  This important project will improve transportation while transforming Fall River’s waterfront.

The Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project is one of the five largest projects of the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts.

Safety, access and aesthetics near the  City Pier area of Fall River will be improved as the project removes the Route 79 viaduct and replaces it with a new surface roadway that combines Route 79 and Davol Street.

In addition, the nine “spaghetti ramps” connecting Route 79 and I-195 will be rebuilt and two new roadways — Water Street Connector and Milliken Connector — will improve local connections to the waterfront and I-195. Pedestrian and bicycle safety will also be enhanced through the addition of three signalized intersections on Route 79, wider sidewalks, bike lanes and a shared-use path.  Structural steel repairs of the iconic Braga Bridge over the Taunton River will improve the bridge’s structural integrity and appearance.

Check the Route 79/Braga Bridge webpage for updates on construction and detours.

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