On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Administrator Frank DePaola and Fall River Mayor William Flanagan unveiled plans for a Waterfront District Kiosk, to be constructed as part of the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, that will welcome and connect residents and visitors to the City and its rich culture.
A state investment of $500,000 funds a multi-use kiosk and surrounding plaza that will feature visitor maps and information, bicycle racks, seating created from salvaged granite blocks, ornamental lighting and fences, decorative pavement, tree plantings and ground cover, and spaces for public art.
"Included in the design is a Welcome to Fall River sign and the Improvements Project is helping redefine what that means," said Highway Administrator DePaola. "We are welcoming visitors to a revitalized, modern, connected waterfront city that is open for new development."
"The City has fostered a positive working relationship with MassDOT and we are very pleased to unveil this waterfront district kiosk and plaza area, as we are always looking for new and innovative ways to welcome citizens and visitors to our City's waterfront," said Mayor Flanagan. "The design for the plaza area, although modern, also boasts elements that are reminiscent of the City's past. Tastefully combining aspects of old and new sends the message to everyone that Fall River is being revitalized and that our waterfront is steadily becoming a hub of activity and a destination for residents and visitors, alike."
The City will be responsible for maintenance once complete, as well as funding lighted signs and supplemental lighting for the kiosk and plaza. In the months ahead, the team hopes to engage local waterfront stakeholders to participate in the maintenance and funding of cultural elements related to the City's waterfront history.
The development of the kiosk concept has been and will continue to be a collaborative process between MassDOT, the City of Fall River and the design build team; Barletta Heavy/O&G Joint Venture. Construction on the kiosk is expected to begin next year, in the late spring/summer of 2015.