SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — Time is running short for the large cooling towers at the site of the former Brayton Point Power Station.
On Friday, Somerset Police Chief George McNeil said the company performing the demolition has been given the green light for 8 a.m. Saturday.
There had been concerns that the weather might not cooperate but Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello says while the weekend looks unsettled, Saturday will be mostly dry, windy and cool with some "peeks" of sun and a quick, light shower possible.
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Eyewitness News plans to live stream the much-anticipated event on WPRI.com but for those wanting to see it in person, McNeil said to plan accordingly. Roads in the area will be closing around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Three sections of road will also be limited to local traffic only, with residents being required to show identification after closure:
- Route 103 (Wilbur Avenue) in both directions between Alden Place, Somerset and Gardner's Neck Road, Swansea, with traffic diverted north to Route 6
- Brayton Point Road from Route 6 south to Wilbur Avenue
- Lee's River Avenue from Route 6 south to Wilbur Avenue
As for I-195, McNeil said to expect traffic leading up to 8 a.m.
"Police will be notified that the implosion is going to occur in the next few minutes and then a horn will be sounded a minute before the implosion. That's when the roadblock will start," McNeil explained. "It's not a complete shutdown of the highway, it's state police cruisers in front of the traffic going slowly."
At the same time, travel will be stopped across the Braga and Veterans Memorial Bridges, according to the Mass. Department of Transportation.
In addition to the road closures, parking will also be restricted in about two dozen locations from midnight to noon Saturday.
The detonation is scheduled for 8 a.m. Two minutes before it begins, two long sirens will blast in warning, and one minute before, a series of short sirens will sound.
It will take less than 10 seconds for the towers to fall.
A few minutes after they come down, one long siren blast will be sounded to indicate all clear, and the roads and waterways will begin to be reopened, according to officials.
McNeil also had a message for those who may be hoping to get a more advantageous view of the demolition.
"You fly your drone at your own risk, because you may damage your drone, so I would suggest people not fly drones in the area," the chief said. "The Coast Guard will have a large perimeter set up so no boats can get too close to the site."
The nearby Cove Restaurant is hosting a sold-out watch party.
Eyewitness News will have live coverage of the tower implosion from 6-8 a.m. on WPRI 12 and streaming live on WPRI.com.
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