Turners Falls Road Bridge

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Turners Falls Road Bridge
IMG 3952-Turner-Falls-Road-bridge-south-end.jpg
Upstream side of the bridge with the river fully diverted away
Official name White Bridge
Carries vehicular and pedestrian traffic
Crosses Connecticut River
Locale Greenfield and Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Maintained by MassHighway
ID number G1200212RMHDNBI
Design Stringer/Multi-beam or Girder
Material Steel (and concrete)
Total length 135.9 metres (445.9 ft)
Width 6.1 metres (20.0 ft)
Number of spans 6
Piers in water 5
Load limit 51.5 metric tons
Opened 1936
Daily traffic 10,800 (2003)
Coordinates 42°36′33″N 72°33′41″W / 42.60917°N 72.56139°W / 42.60917; -72.56139 (Turners Falls road bridge)Coordinates: 42°36′33″N 72°33′41″W / 42.60917°N 72.56139°W / 42.60917; -72.56139 (Turners Falls road bridge)
Turners Falls Road Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Turners Falls Road Bridge

The Turners Falls Road Bridge (officially White Bridge) is a concrete and steel road bridge over the Connecticut River in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It carries Turners Falls Road and connects the town center of Greenfield and the village of Turners Falls (in the town of Montague).

History[edit]

The current bridge is the second on this site. Previously, a suspension bridge constructed in 1871 and known as the "Lower Suspension Bridge" was located at the site.[1] The old bridge was constructed with funds from the towns of Greenfield and Montague and cost about $36,000.[2] A road connecting the bridge to Greenfield center was laid out by the following year.[3] The bridge was constructed primarily to allow laborers in Greenfield to easily go to the newly developing village of Turners Falls.[2] The previous bridge was severely damaged in the 1936 flood and the current bridge was constructed soon after.[1]

In the 1920s, Route 2 (former New England Route 7) originally left Greenfield via Turners Falls Road, crossing the old suspension bridge into the village of Turners Falls. Route 2 left Turners Falls via Millers Falls Road. In 1932, a more modern bridge capable of handling the increased automobile traffic, the French King Bridge, opened further upstream and Route 2 was relocated to its modern alignment along French King Highway.[4] The former alignment through Turners Falls was designated as Route 2A. The Route 2A designation remained on Turners Falls Road until the 1960s.[5]

The Massachusetts Highway Department is currently in the planning stages for a rehabilitation project for this bridge.[6]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whittlesey, Charles W. (1938). Crossing and Re-Crossing the Connecticut River. New Haven, Connecticut: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company. p. 25. 
  2. ^ a b P.S. Miller and K.J. Scott, Montague, (Arcadia, 2000)
  3. ^ F.M. Thompson, L.J.C. Kellogg, and C.S. Severance, History of Greenfield, (T. Morey and Son, 1954)
  4. ^ Massachusetts Highway Department, French King Bridge
  5. ^ Topographic maps show the Route 2A still marked in 1954. A 1972 map no longer shows Route 2A through Turners Falls.
  6. ^ MassHighway project page

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