Fall River clock tower will soon start ticking again

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A historic clock overlooking the city of Fall River will soon start ticking again.

After years of sitting in disrepair, the city has finally secured funding to fix the clock tower on Rock Street.

The tower was a part of the old BMC Durfee High School, which eventually became the Fall River Trial Court. State Rep. Carole Fiola said a neighbor told her the clock hasn’t ticked in 12 years, so she saw what she could do.

“The court system invested millions in refurbishing and rehabbing this gorgeous building for the use of the court system, but it doesn’t make any sense if it wasn’t all working,” she said.

Weather hasn’t been too kind to the clock in the past. The building’s manager said the original construction plans didn’t take into account how high the building sits on a hill, which led to wind damage.

The entire project cost a little more than $50,000, which came from the court system’s operational budget.

“I’m thrilled because those dollars could have gone to Springfield, or Worcester, or Boston or somewhere else, but they came here to Fall River,” said Fiola.

The plan is to put the hands of the clock back on this coming weekend if the weather cooperates. The full project is scheduled to be finished by Thanksgiving.

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