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As of October 14, 2016, all lanes of I-195 East and West along the Braga Bridge are open to traffic. The Braga Bridge’s deck was repaired with latex modified concrete, which will improve the deck’s service life and lower maintenance costs.

As of October 14, 2016, all lanes of I-195 East and West along the Braga Bridge opened to traffic.

MassDOT invites you to review the final fact sheet for the Fall River Route 79 Braga Bridge Improvements Project.

The work reached substantial completion in fall 2016 with the reopening of all lanes on the Braga Bridge.

This landmark project offered significant long term enhancements:

  • Improved roadway system that better connects people to I-195, Route 79 /138, the Fall River Downtown, and the Waterfront District
  • Advanced multimodal access to new and existing paths and better safety for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Reduced life-cycle maintenance needs and costs
  • Preserved and improved cultural landmarks and access to them, such as the Gates of the City Battleship Cove, Community Boating, and Heritage State Park
  • Delivered greening of former hardscapes (concrete or asphalt surfaces) and repurposing of salvaged materials for public use, such as reclaimed granite blocks for seating and signage.

The project finished ahead of schedule and on-budget thanks to careful coordination and innovative approaches that accelerated construction.

MassDOT wishes to thank the City of Fall River, residents, businesses, and visitors for their patience and assistance during this major construction project.

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