Gill–Montague Bridge

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Turners Falls-Gill Bridge
IMG 3992-Turner-Falls-Gill-Bridge.jpg
Carries pedestrian and vehicular traffic
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale Gill and Turners Falls
Design truss bridge
Total length 528.2 metres (1,733 ft)[1]
Construction end 1938
Coordinates 42°36′40″N 72°33′11″W / 42.61111°N 72.55306°W / 42.61111; -72.55306Coordinates: 42°36′40″N 72°33′11″W / 42.61111°N 72.55306°W / 42.61111; -72.55306
Gill–Montague Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Gill–Montague Bridge

The Turners Falls-Gill Bridge is a steel deck truss bridge crossing the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. It connects the Town of Gill with the village of Turners Falls in the Town of Montague. The bridge carries automobile and pedestrian traffic.

History[edit]

According to Charles W. Whittlesey, there used to be a suspension bridge here when he saw it in 1934 and 1936.[2]

The suspension bridge Whittlesey referred to was located about 1/4 mile above or east of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge. It was known as the Upper or 'Red' Suspension Bridge. It stitched Turners Falls to Riverside (Gill), Mass. It was built in 1878 and removed in 1942 to regain materials for the war effort. Prior to the 'Red' Bridge' construction, Bissel's Ferry operated at this site. The bridge suffered the effects of the 1936 flood but withstood nature's fury. If not for the war recovery effort, the bridge would have met its demise as the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge would replace it. The 'Red' Bridge was 563 feet long. The piers for this bridge remain in place along the river banks. The current structure began construction on May 17, 1937 and was completed in September 1938.[3] The bridge was dedicated on Saturday, September 10, 1938.[4] By 2010, the road deck of the bridge had become riddled with potholes and uneven pavement. A major renovation project began in summer 2010 and is expected to be completed in 2014 at an estimated cost of $40.7 million. [5] [6]

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External links / References[edit]

  1. ^ Massroads.com
  2. ^ Whittlesey, Charles W. (1938). Crossing and Re-Crossing the Connecticut River. New Haven, Connecticut: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company. p. 25. 
  3. ^ Gregory, Ed,   Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Gregory, Ed,   Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "MassHighway bridge information". Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Broncaccio, Diane (28 July 2010). "Turners Falls-Gill Bridge begins 4-year journey to reconstruction". The Recorder (Greenfield, MA). pp. A1, A8.