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Route 79 Braga Bridge 2, Fall River, April 2015The Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project continues to show visible progress in spring 2015.  At left, reinforcing steel is in place on the Davol Street Bridge deck, looking south toward Anawan Street/Pocasset Street. 

Safety, access and aesthetics near the  City Pier area of Fall River will be improved as the project replaces the Route 79 viaduct with a new surface roadway that combines Route 79 and Davol Street.  The project also rebuilds the nine “spaghetti ramps” connecting Route 79 and I-195, 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 via three signalized intersections on Route 79, wider sidewalks, bike lanes and a shared-use path.

Detour routes are in place for through traffic on Routes 79 and 138 through summer 2015. Check the project traffic webpage for more information.

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. MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes to avoid delays. 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.

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