Ground breaking for $135M water front project in Fall River

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and state legislators broke ground Wednesday morning on a new project that’ll help expand Fall River’s water front access.

The Route 79 corridor will be lowered, as well as street scape improvements along Davol Street, expanding bike path access as well.

The idea is to eliminate the separation between the city and its greatest resource.

“[It] opens up over 17 acres of development that means commercial retail housing that’s going to be transformational for Fall River,” Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito told ABC6.

The funding comes from the Federal Infrastructure package, which also helped fund projects like the South Coast rail expansion.

“It’s these small projects where we are funding ideas that come from you, which is really listening to local needs, responding to them, and giving you the resources and tools needed to succeed,” Jamey Tesler, the Mass DOT Secretary and CEO said in a press conference.

Ground has already broken on construction for the project, but the whole site wont be complete until 2026.

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