Franklin County

Lack of snow, ice removal on Gill-Montague Bridge sidewalks raising safety concerns

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) - A snow covered sidewalk has raised safety concerns for people who regularly walk across the Gill-Montague bridge.

MassDOT said it's not responsible for snow and ice removal on the roadway or sidewalks in Turners Falls.

Snow covers the sidewalk of the Gill-Montague Bridge, which crosses the Connecticut River and connects the town of Gill with the village of Turners Falls.

After the season's first significant snowfall, people who regularly walk across the bridge, have been walking on snow and ice since Sunday. And some pedestrians choose to walk alongside the travel lanes to avoid the snow-covered sidewalk.

"From here all the way across the bridge the sidewalk has half a foot of ice and snow and could be very dangerous," said Brent Bourbeau of Turners Falls.  "I would hope whichever town is responsible would get to it soon and clean it because it could be dangerous for anyone walking. I have friends who walk across that bridge daily and I'm concerned."

Residents are wondering why it hasn't been cleared.

22News tried to contact both town's DPW to find who is responsible for snow removal on the bridge, and when it might take place. 

We'll see what the situation is Friday, after all this rain, and freezing temperatures. 


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