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Route 79 Braga Bridge LogoMassDOT will close the on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound from Route 79/138 and Broadway northbound, and from Central Street at Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard on Thursday, May 28.

The closures are necessary to demolish and reconstruct the last two elevated bridges as part of the Braga Bridge/Route 79 Project. MassDOT’s contractor will begin implementing the closures in phases on May 28 continuing through the week. Associated detour routes, which will be in place into summer 2016, are described below and maps are posted on the project website.

Signage will be in place indicating the detour routes. The following detours will be in place from May 28 through the summer of 2016:

  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 eastbound – Turn right on Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left on Water Street Connector, turn left on Route 138 northbound, take a right onto Pocasset Street, turn left onto the temporary on-ramp to I-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 79 southbound to I-195 westbound – Turn right on Central Street which becomes Water Street, turn left on Route 138 northbound, take a right onto Pocasset Street, continue straight past South Main Street which becomes South Frontage Road, turn left on Troy Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn right onto existing on-ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Route 138 northbound to I-195 eastbound – Take Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, turn left onto temporary on-ramp to I-195 eastbound at Connector Road.
  • Route 138 northbound to I-195 westbound – Take Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, continue straight past South Main Street which becomes South Frontage Road, turn left on Troy Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn right onto existing on-ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 westbound – Continue across North/South Davol Street where Central Street becomes Water Street, turn left on Water Street Connector, turn left on Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, continue straight past South Main Street which becomes South Frontage Road, turn left on Troy Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn right onto existing on-ramp to I-195 westbound.
  • Central Street to I-195 eastbound – Continue across North/South Davol Street where Central Street becomes Water Street, turn left on Water Street Connector, turn left on Route 138 northbound and take a right onto Pocasset Street, turn left onto temporary on-ramp to I-195 eastbound at Connector Road.

Since these ramps provide access to I-195, closing them will not impact pedestrian or bicycle access during this work. Local access to area attractions and abutting properties will be maintained at all times. All businesses are open. Motorists should follow the Battleship Cove Area signage for access to the waterfront. Drivers who must travel through the affected area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone. MassDOT encourages drivers not destined for the waterfront area to seek alternate routes to avoid delays.

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/route79project. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 781-774-0441 or email route79project@state.ma.us.

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