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Massachusetts Route 79

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Route 79 marker

Route 79
Route 79 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MassDOT
Length18.47 mi[1] (29.72 km)
Major junctions
South end I-195 / Route 138 in Fall River
  US 6 in Fall River
Route 24 from Fall River to Assonet
Route 140 in Taunton
North end Route 105 in Middleborough
CountiesBristol, Plymouth
Highway system
MA Route 78.svg Route 78MA Route 80.svg Route 80

Route 79 is a 18.47-mile-long (29.72 km) state highway in southeastern Massachusetts. The route begins as a highway in Fall River also known as the Fall River Viaduct and Western Fall River Expressway before becoming a more rural route.

Route description

Route 79 begins south of the Braga Bridge and I-195, multiplexed with Route 138 as a surface four-lane controlled-access highway. It has exits to Davol Street, which act as one-way frontage roads on both sides of Route 79, and to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, at which point Route 138 leaves Route 79 and goes over the bridge.

The route continues northward, passing under North Main Street with exit access to that street. It then connects to Route 24 at that route's exit 7. There is no access between Route 79 north and Route 24 south, or vice versa. The route continues concurrently along Route 24 into the Assonet section of the town of Freetown, where it leaves its concurrency at exit 9, turning on to South Main Street. (South Main Street southbound in Assonet connects to North Main Street in Fall River.) The route passes through the village before turning eastward along Elm Street, intertwining with the Assonet River as both make their way into Berkley.

In Berkley, Route 79 passes through the village of Myricks, in the far eastern end of the town. It crosses the Old Colony Railroad lines and County Road, the former alignment of Route 140, before crossing the current route at Exit 10 just over the Taunton line. In Taunton, the route follows along the Taunton-Lakeville town line before leaving Taunton completely. In Lakeville, the route heads through the northern part of the town, crossing Route 18 and passing the former Lakeville Hospital, before ending at a 4-way intersection with Route 105 and Commercial Drive, the main road which leads to the Middleborough/Lakeville MBTA station.


In 2012, the northern terminus of Route 79 was relocated. Before the project, the northern terminus of Route 79 still ended at Route 105, only 1/10 of a mile north of its current terminus, but it was too close to the southbound ramps for Interstate 495. By relocating Route 79 to a four-way intersection with Route 105 and Commercial Drive, traffic was eased during rush hour. Instead of Route 79 traffic looping onto Route 105 to get to the MBTA station, the new alignment provides easier access to the MBTA station from areas such as North Lakeville, East Taunton, Berkley and Freetown.

The southern end of Route 79 used to be a double-decked elevated highway called the Fall River Viaduct, with ramps to Route 138 and I-195. The viaduct continued northward under the Braga Bridge for a third of a mile before splitting into a surface four-lane highway. As part of a $3 billion effort to replace structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation replaced the Fall River Viaduct and some of its connector ramps to I-195 with new roadways and structures. The project was completed in 2016.[2]

Major intersections

All interchanges south of Route 24 are unnumbered.

CountyLocationmi[1][3]kmOld exitNew exitDestinationsNotes
BristolFall River0.0000.000- Route 138 south – North Tiverton, RISouthern terminus; southern terminus of concurrency with Route 138; closed 2015-2016[2]
- I-195 – Providence, RI, New Bedford, Cape CodAt-grade intersection with interchange ramps; exit 11 on I-195; closed 2015-2016[2]
0.9361.506- US 6 east / North Davol StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; southern terminus for 2015-2016[2]
1.3562.182- US 6 west / Route 138 north – North Fall River, SomersetNorthern terminus of concurrency with Route 138; to Veterans Memorial Bridge
2.3033.706-North Main Street – North Fall River
3.7696.066-7 Route 24 south to I-195 – Newport, RISouthern terminus of Route 24 concurrency
4.3567.0108A8Airport Road / North Main StreetSigned as exit 8 prior to 2012
Assonet5.7569.2638B10Innovation WayFormerly Executive Park Drive; opened 2012
7.58512.207911 Route 24 north to I-495 – BostonNorthern terminus of Route 24 concurrency; north end of freeway section
Berkley12.97220.876County StreetFormer Route 140
Route 140 – East Freetown, New Bedford, Taunton, BostonExit 16 on Route 140
PlymouthLakeville17.07027.472 Route 18 – Lakeville, Bridgewater, Brockton
Middleborough18.73030.143 Route 105 – Lakeville, Rochester, Middleboro CenterNorthern terminus; to exit 4 on I-495
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d MassDOT (2016). "Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project". Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Google (January 19, 2016). "Exits 8A and 8B" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 19, 2016.

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