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New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge to close for 2 weeks beginning Sunday

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By Alana Cerrone

There is a big detour coming up for drivers traveling between New Bedford and Fairhaven.  

MassDOT is preparing to close the Route 6 New Bedford-Fairhaven bridge, beginning on Sunday.

It's scheduled to remain closed for 2 weeks while crews make structural steel repairs on the bridge's floor beams.

"We are taking this time ahead of the busy tourist season to complete these repairs that will extend the life of this structure," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "MassDOT is committed to completing the job as quickly as possible."

The swing bridge will be closed to vehicles but will remain in the open position for marine vessels to pass under. Drivers seeking alternate routes should note the following detours:

•  The primary detour for Route 6 Westbound traffic in Fairhaven is to head north on Main Street, turn left onto Howland Road to Coggeshall Street, and then turn left onto Route 18 Southbound. 

•   Route 6 Eastbound traffic in New Bedford is being detoured up Route 18 Northbound and onto I-195 Eastbound at (Exit 15) to Exit 18 and onto Route 240 Southbound.

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