A lot of Greenfield drivers use Nash’s Mill Road.
But that’s all changed, now that the bridge closed for construction Wednesday. And whether you’re headed north or south, detours will add about three to four minutes to your commute.
“I think you’ll find that the detour isn’t that much of an inconvenience,” said Marlo Warner, director of Greenfield’s Department of Public Works. “You gotta go a little further south. Or you might via use Colrain Road to Colrain Street. It is a bit out of the way, but as we know this project needs to happen.”
It was first reported that the bridge-replacement project would take two years. But it won’t be closed for that long after all.
Warner told 22News, the bridge is expected to reopen in December 2019.
One driver, who uses the bridge every day, had a positive attitude about readjusting her commute.
“I’m gonna choose to not let it bother me too much and just be okay with it,” said Laura Stone of Greenfield. “It’ll be an adjustment for sure. I’m sure I’ll try and turn every day when I’m coming down the hill ’cause it’s a habit, but, you know, I mean I’m grateful that the town can afford to replace the bridge.”
The new bridge will be wider, and the traffic approaches will be adjusted.
The project includes new sidewalks as well.
The cost of the project remains the same at about $2.6 million.