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MassDOT Public Information Meeting on I-195 bridge replacement

October 25 @ 6:30 pm

MassDOT is hosting an in-person meeting to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed New Bedford I-195/Route 18 Interchange Rehabilitation Project. The proposed project consists of addressing safety improvements and poor conditions along the I-195/Route 18 interchange, including the deck and roadway.

This rehabilitation project will impact abutters and regional traffic. All residents, abutters, local business owners, and interested commuters are invited to attend. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments. Spanish and Portuguese interpretation will be available at the meeting.

For more information on the project, and to sign up to receive project email update, please visit the project website.

WHERE: Hayden McFadden Elementary School Auditorium
361 Cedar Grove St, New Bedford, MA 02746

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 pm

PURPOSE: The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed project. All views and comments made at the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of a full replacement of the I-195 bridge between County Street and Route 18 NB. The new bridge will be constructed with longer spans with half the number of piers providing for a more open feel and sightlines. The bridge and ramps will be widened to improve geometry between the Route 18 Ramps (C and D). The scope will also include the full replacement of the aforementioned Ramps C, D and F; noise wall construction along Cedar Grove Street between Purchase Street and Mt. Pleasant Street; new retaining wall along Cedar Grove Street between County Street and westbound on-ramp (Ramp A); highway drainage system; landscape improvements including paved shared use paths in accordance with applicable design guides, ornamental lights and benches in the Route 18 infields; new roadway lighting; ornamental bridge lighting; milling and paving impacted streets, reconstructed parking lots and skate park under I-195 near Hayden McFadden Elementary School; and new medians, parapets and fascia painting on the bridges carrying I-195 over North Front Street, Belleville Avenue, and the Acushnet River.

In the event of inclement weather, a cancellation announcement will be posted on the internet at


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Hayden McFadden School
361 Cedar Grove St.
New Bedford, MA 02746 United States
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