Construction on Braga Bridge prompts lane closures

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Several lanes on the Braga Bridge in Fall River were closed Monday, so that repairs can be made to the median.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, lane closures will be in place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. every day until Friday.

“I don’t know when they’re going to get through with that bridge,” said Roland Dumas of Fall River. “It took so long and they’re still working on it.”

Drivers in the area should expect delays because the bridge will be down to one lane of travel on both the eastbound and westbound sides.

Richard Duddy said it bothers him how long it is taking to fix the bridge.

“I go away for a few months to Florida, when I come back I’m lost,” he said. “If you had some strong political people down here, that bridge would have been done already.”

The repairs are part of the state’s Accelerated Bridge Program, aimed at dropping the number of structurally deficient bridges in the state.

This project, which will repair the link between Somerset and Fall River, is one of the five largest projects in the state to upgrade bridges.

“It’s making a lot of sense in terms of the configuration of the highway system,” said Bill Slean of Fall River. “As you see it come together, you’re more and more amazed at the project. You know, the size of the project and how well it seems to be working now.”

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