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image002MassDOT announced today roadway construction and interchange improvements for Route 79, Route I-195, and Route 138 have been completed ahead of schedule. All modes of transportation are now open, and related closures and detours have been lifted.

“I am thrilled to see that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will enjoy an easier travelling experience through the Route 79/I-195 area,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “I would like to thank the Highway Division District 5 staff and contractor Barletta Heavy/O&G, Joint Venture for all of their hard work and efforts on this project. Also, thank you to the drivers for their patience as crews worked to complete the much-need roadway upgrades. Completing the work early lifts the long burden drivers have faced in navigating detours around the Route 79 area.”

The re-opening of the Route I-195/Route 79/Route 138 interchange, roadways and nearby shared-use paths serves as a major milestone for the project, as construction began in September 2013 and was scheduled to be completed this fall.

The work on this project consisted of the reconfiguration of the I-195/Route 79/Route138 interchange including all ramps and associated bridges. The project also included traffic safety upgrades and improved regional transportation connectivity for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

The following roadways have re-opened to vehicle traffic:

· Route 79 northbound and southbound

· I-195 eastbound Exit 5 to Route 79 northbound and Route 138 southbound

· I-195 westbound Exit 5 to Route 79 northbound and Route 138 southbound

· The new on-ramps from Route 79/Route 138 to I-195 eastbound and westbound

· The new Milliken Connector from Route 138/Broadway Extension to Milliken Boulevard

The new shared use paths along the waterfront and connecting Route 138/Broadway Extension to Milliken Boulevard are now open to bicycles and pedestrians.
There will be periodic, short-term road closures into the fall of 2016 to allow for the completion of minor roadway and related work.
The work to complete the Braga Bridge portion of the project is continuing.

For more information, please visit the project website.

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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