GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The General Pierce Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River from Greenfield to Montague, will be temporarily closed for a bridge rehabilitation project starting Monday, April 26.
Both on and off camera, every person 22News talked to about the bridge feel that this project is needed, even if it could be an inconvenience.
“It’s like skiing on small moguls. The whole bridge it’s like up and down. It’s like riding waves. It’s unbelievable,” said Bill Wardwell of Turners Falls.
According to MassDOT, traffic will be detoured via Montague City Road, Avenue A, Route 2, and Routes 5 and 10. Signs will be placed to advise motorists of the closure. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. This closure will remain in place until the project is completed in Fall 2023.
“For anyone whose traveled over the bridge, you can tell immediately that the deck is in need of substantial repair and so we’re certainly welcoming the repairs that will be made,” said Montague Town Administrator Steven Ellis.
During construction, the walk way will remain open but the town administrator said they’re looking into closing it to shorten up that timeline.
“If in fact they could close that pedestrian way it would allow them to approach the project a little bit differently,” said Ellis.
Steven Ellis said however it’s unclear of the contractor, Northern Construction, submitted a formal proposal to MassDOT. However, he’s hopeful that it could still be a possibility.
Despite the bridge closing, Connie Zangri of Turners Falls said she’s glad it’s finally happening, “If it’s needed then I’d rather do that then go in the river (laughing). I mean that water’s cold!”
Ellis also said that the town is happy this project is starting but they would still like to see a more comprehensive repair project take place. Drivers who are traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. The cost of the project is approximately $13.7 million.