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New Bedford/Fairhaven Bridge Schedule

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Daily, from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, the bridge opens at the top of each hour:

6:00 am
7:00 am
8:00 am
9:00 am
10:00 am

Daily from 11:15 AM to 6:15 PM, the bridge opens 15 minutes past each hour:

11:15 am
12:15 pm
1:15 pm
2:15 pm
3:15 pm
4:15 pm
5:15 pm
6:15 pm

After 6:15 PM, the bridge will open on-demand from marine traffic by calling the bridge keeper’s office on marine channel 13. The schedule and duration of openings will vary depending on weather conditions, harbor congestion and vessel size. By law, marine traffic has priority over vehicular traffic.

Official details here.

26 comments

  1. hi. why do you write about the new bedford bridge as the “new bedford/fairhaven” bridge? the bridge belongs to the city of new bedford and no part of it, from beginning to end, exists in fairhaven. yes, a many folks call it the ‘fairhaven bridge”, but you shouldn’t promote inaccuracies about the town of fairhaven. would you care to expound on the trend of how the new bedford bridge is inaccurately called the “fairhaven bridge”? feel free to include any information about fairhaven and it’s contribution(s), large and small, to the building and/or upkeep of the bridge. thank you

    • Karen, It was really nice of of you to offer your opinion. However misguided, the effort was appreciated. I think people should just smile and then offer the correct info as Mr Silvia did. It would definitely be a better world if we didn’t insult and judge so quickly.

      What we should give credit for is the fact that, in a nation filled with non-readers, people actually still take the time to read. Also, it truly takes some courage to comment, placing ones self in the possible path of ridicule. Even though your facts were inaccurate, you still took time to read and participate.

    • So when the bridge is “open” or “closed”?

      Is it “closed”, like a switch, so traffic flows?

      Or “open” to traffic?

      Road traffic of marine traffic?

      Now I’m even more confused.

      • If the bridge opened when cars were crossing over it, they would plunge into the water. There would likely be a revolt on the state’s hands.

        The term open and closed does not refer to either marine or auto traffic, but to the function of the bridge. Remove traffic from the equation and focus on….the bridge, and it’ll make more sense.

        Hope that helps.

    • Because the bridge connects New Bedford with Fairhaven.

  2. Karen, the page is titled “New Bedford/Fairhaven” because it connects the two.

    For example, it is called this on the Wikipedia Page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Bedford_%E2%80%93_Fairhaven_Bridge

    On the Standard-Times’ SouthCoast Today:

    http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120302/NEWS/120309981/-1/NEWS

    The Federal and State governments refer to it that way as well:

    http://www.epa.gov/region1/superfund/sites/newbedford/268633.pdf

    And finally, the City of New Bedford refers to it that way:

    http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/Tourism/DestinationNB/bridgeschedule.html

    It has been referred to in this way since the 1800s as this vintage photo demonstrates:

    http://www.whalingcity.net/wc_images/nb_fhvn_bridge_2_x1100.jpg

    In fact, neither New Bedford nor Fairhaven have contributed “large or small, to the building and/or upkeep of the bridge” since it is maintained by the state – the DOT to be exact.

    Hope that explains things and helps.

  3. Oh goodness, Karen. Maybe you shouldn’t comment on things unless what you have to say is factual. A real resident of the area would have already known this.

    To sum it all up. Karen got owned.

    Have a GREAT day!

  4. alright. alright. i meant resides ‘owns’, not posess ‘owns’.

    i am really surprised to learn that anyone exiting the bridge eastward thinks the’re in fairhaven. i guess the pope island marina is in fairhaven. who knew?

    and, thank you, fairhaven, for providing the closing times…but your link states new bedford tourism. hmmm….

  5. LOL. DESTROYED. ^

  6. I felt the need to point out how who ever is currently working the morning shift on weekdays for the bridge is a god damn moron and NEVER turns the bridge signs on for rt.18 so that when your coming around the corner , unknowing the bridge is indeed closed, you just about smash into the long line of cars . Smh

  7. Once the bridge comes back online please do not close the bridge before the scheduled time. Over the past 6 months the bridge has closed 5 minutes early on my phone (so not an error attributable to my car clock) at least 4 times. This is way worse when coming to the city from Fairhaven. But in either direction it is a real frustration.

  8. I remember the bridge opening on hot days,and it would swell from the heat,and couldn’t be closed..

  9. Wow, does it really matter what they refer to it as ? Such petty things shouldn’t be an issue. Here I was thinking great I get to see a schedule and I’m thankful for it being posted because I live a block from it, but then I see a complaint about how they referenced it… Some people really need a Hobbie other than finding small shit to bitch and moan about

  10. I have always called it the Fairhaven Bridge because it is the bridge to Fairhaven. Being that it is in New Bedford, it makes perfect sense to call it that since it is the bridge to somewhere else, the somewhere else being Fairhaven. Similarly Old Fall River Rd is the old road to Fall River but is not in Fall River.

  11. Then learn how to drive!!!! If you are almost “smashing” into cars coming around the corner, than you shouldn’t have your license.. Who blindly comes around corners at accelerated speeds anyway.. It only makes sense to have caution..

  12. I’m not sure why there is a bridge schedule. I have noticed that it isn’t being followed. I live in Fairhaven and work in New Bedford so I depend on the bridge to be open when it should be. I work at 6am and several times i get to the bridge and it is closed. This is so frustrating!

  13. The bridge schedule is a joke, the people who operate are worthless, the construction on the bridge makes me laugh everyday it’s either 4 guys standing around doing nothing while 1 works or nobody at all, Fairhaven is doing absolutely nothing to speed this going on 5 years of construction and new bedford could care less about the bridge, they can’t even trim back the shrubs that over grown onto the off ramp, bush marks along trucks and trailers, every morning is different so don’t bother planning your routes…sick of watching grown ass men do nothing all day, if you want to see the opposite of what you get with 5 years of construction then go to the bridge, they just suck tax dollars out of where ever they can…ooo yeah wasn’t the deadline December 2012? YES IT WAS

    • You’re complaining to the wrong people about the duration of construction and the upkeep. You want to direct those complaints to the DOT (Department of Transportation) because the bridge is State property.

  14. Please read whole thing:::The schedule is pretty accurate and I’m glad it is posted. It does stink that the signals that notify if the bridge is open don’t work and some time it says it’s open and it’s not or doesn’t say anything and it is. And I do feel the need to talk about the pan handlers being a recovering addict I know a few of them and did do it a couple times my self and it is greatly appreciated that people are nice enough to give money and food. It sucks that people call the cops on them most of them are in real need and are doing that so that they do not have to break real laws and go Rob stores to eat . If u don’t want to help them don’t but you don’t have to call the cops on them like I said I realize some of them are out there doing the wrong thing but don’t hurt the ones in real need just mind your business.

  15. It has always annoyed me to no end that the bridge closing schedule is not posted for motorists but is posted for the marine trafffic. What’s up with that??? Why isn’t the schedule posted for motorists?? I think this is outrageous!!!

  16. Closing and opening this every hour leaves about a half hour of each hour for traffic to actually pass through.This is rediculous !!! Sick of that bridge and whomever thought every hour is needed or reasonable is an idiot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I always thought that it was called the ‘Gooddammed Bridge’. At least, that’s what people call it when they get stuck trying to cross from New Bedford and Fairhaven.

  18. why does the time change from the top of the hour to quarter past the hour after 10am? It’s still opening once an hour so why the change?

  19. Why can’t we just fly over the bridge in flying cars at this point? It’s 20freaking17.

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