Brayton Point cooling towers ready for implosion Saturday morning
By: Amanda Pitts
SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) – The Brayton Point cooling towers are in their final hours.
The 500-foot towers will be imploded at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will take approximately ten seconds to fall.
"I'll be glad to see them come down. You know, they do spoil the view," said Carol O'Neil of Bristol.
"Good news, although I'll miss them. Whenever I see them I know I'm home," said Robert Leite of Swansea.
Watch parties will be held across the area.
Fall River gym, SALT Fitness Company, as well as the Battleship Cove and The Herald News are all hosting watch parties. The Cove in Fall River is holding a watch party breakfast, and a group from the Conservation Law Foundation will watch the towers fall from Kennedy Park in Fall River.
"Brayton Point spewed pollution into the air and the water in the communities for over 50 years. We're really excited that tomorrow, the last visible sign of this dirty, fossil fuel power plant, will be gone," said Amy Moses of CLF.
The Conservation Law Foundation said it's their lawsuit against Brayton Point Power Station in 2013 that led to its closure four years later.
The former power plant will be redeveloped to support renewable energy.
Somerset Police said they'll have a command post at the entrance to the plant if anything goes wrong. They'll also be keeping an eye on the cloud of smoke, and will have three water cannons controlling the debris.
Several local roads and highways will be closed or diverted ahead of the demolition.
On-ramps to I-195 from Route 103 and Lee's River Avenue will be closed. Several sections of the road are limited to local traffic including Wilbur Avenue in both directions. Traffic will be diverted north to Route 6.
Brayton Point Road will be closed from Route 6 south to Wilbur Avenue, as well as Lee's River Avenue from Route 6 south to Wilbur Avenue.
There will also be parking restrictions in place starting at midnight.
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