The Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge, also known as the Braga Bridge, is a through truss bridge that carries Interstate 195 over the Taunton River between the town of Somerset and the city of Fall River, near the mouth of the Quequechan River at the confluence with Mount Hope Bay. At just over a mile long, it is one of the longest bridges in Massachusetts. Opened to traffic in 1966, it provides an important link between Providence, Rhode Island, New Bedford, and Cape Cod.
Planning began in the early 1950s for a new bridge to ease the congestion of the nearby Slade's Ferry and Brightman Street Bridges, as well as to carry the proposed Cape Cod Expressway over the Taunton River. The original plan called for a "high level bridge" to be located much further north, near what is now the Veterans Memorial Bridge, with a highway passing through the north end of the city in a direct line to Wareham. In 1959, the role of the new bridge was changed to carrying the new Interstate 195 over the Taunton River, connecting Providence and New Bedford. Construction of the bridge started in 1959 and finished in the spring of 1966. The bridge was named after Charles M. Braga, a Fall River native of Portuguese American descent who was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Arrange your visit to Charles Braga, Jr. Bridge and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fall River using our Fall River trip planner.
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I guess I'm getting old that I can see beauty in a classic through truss bridge. The newer bridges all seem to have that maintenance free, simple design. I understand the need for the change, but...
I guess I'm getting old that I can see beauty in a classic through truss bridge. The newer bridges all seem to have that maintenance free, simple design. I understand the need for the change, but... more »
I have gone over it many times and I am not scared. It is painted blue and very safe. Sometimes there is trash on the side of the road but every street has some.
I have gone over it many times and I am not scared. It is painted blue and very safe. Sometimes there is trash on the side of the road but every street has some. more »
This bridge is beautiful and it's home! 💙
Yep took these Snapshots and had to take it in to show ,about thee Elements ,design style iron metal and more of thee Art of it indeed ,as to say a Masterpiece eye Opener 📸🗿🖼️☕🙋 photographer by M.Ramos.
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