Greater City Providence

Fall River and the amazing technicolor Braga Bridge

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Photo (cc) pierre lascott from Flickr

I had to drive to the Cape both of the last two weekends, and traveling over the Braga Bridge I had two thoughts, how many more decades is this eastbound lane restriction going to last and, when the hell is someone going to paint this damn thing?

Well, I still have no answer to the lane restriction question (that’s to do with work in the tunnel under City Hall), but the bridge painting, the Herald News of Fall River gives us an answer to that, next spring. But not only is the bridge being painted, Fall River residents are being asked to pick a new color.

The bridge currently sports a rust color… wha, hold on… I’m being told the bridge is actually green, but I find that hard to believe, I’m sure it is a shade of rust, much like the surface of Mars. Whatever, polls are being conducted at the O Jornal, WSAR-AM, and The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce.

Though unofficial opinions around the city seemed to show that red was the front runner of color choices, MassHighway did not choose it as one of the finalist colors claiming that in other areas where bridges had been painted red, they had a tendency to fade to pink over time (and the problem with a pink bridge is what exactly?).

The final choices for the poll are shades of green, blue, and silver. Of the choices, I think I favor the dark (dare we call it Navy) blue. The Herald News has photo illustrations of the bridge color choices.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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