On the way to Fall River for visitors coming up from the south, there are a few memorable landmarks along the way. For decades The Big Blue Bug has been a sure sign you are about 20 minutes from Lizzie’s house. Unless of course it is a Friday afternoon or ANY afternoon between 3-6 p.m. when Providence traffic, notoriously BAD from Thurber’s Avenue through Gano Street is at full throttle. Coming up 95 north, everything goes along at snappy pace until exit 18. The 195East turnoff for the Cape and Fall River is exit 20, so this may have something to do with the problem. Construction cones have festooned the highway in this area all summer and show no signs of going away soon as the flyover continues to arc its way over 95.
THE BUG (garlanded with white lights at Christmas)
Another sure indication you are getting closer is the funny Welcome to Massachusetts sign with the fat Plymouth turkey with tailfeathers along the R.I.-MA. stateline. But the all- time #1 indicator is seeing that rusty green span of the Braga Bridge through your front windshield, then the unmistakable twin domes of old Saint Anne’s on the right. You are now in Lizzieland.