Montague’s Fifth Street Bridge has reopened, exactly one month after it was scheduled to be completed.
MassDOT failed to meet its end of January deadline but assured drivers the bridge would reopen at the end of February.
MassDOT had told 22News, winter weather and low temperatures impacted the construction schedule. While under construction, MassDOT replaced a section of the bridge deck and repaired a section of the bridge railing.
The bridge closure had forced drivers to take alternate routes, resulting in backed up traffic.
Jeff Suprenant told 22News, it’s a relief to have the bridge back open after having to take the Gill-Montague bridge, which was out of the way.
“It’s so hard when you’re coming back from Greenfield because traffic backs all up on Route 2, over there, and the Gill-Montague bridge,” said Suprenant. “In the afternoon, with all the bus traffic and everything going across, it’ll be nice to have that open.”
Drivers who want to cross the canal into Turners Falls can take the Fifth Street Bridge again.
Drivers were also happy to find the huge hump on the bridge is gone.