General Pierce Bridge
|General Pierce Bridge|
General Pierce Bridge, taken from the Canalside Railtrail Bridge
|Carries||vehicular and pedestrian traffic|
|Locale||Greenfield and Montague, Massachusetts|
|Design||steel truss bridge|
|Total length||229.5 m (753.0 ft)|
|Width||7.9 m (25.9 ft)|
The current bridge was preceded at that location by two bridges destroyed in the Flood of 1936. Upstream was the wooden double-decked covered bridge known as the Montague City Bridge, and carried rail traffic on top, with other traffic below. It was built in 1866, and was over 860 feet (260 m) long, with 5 spans. Next was the trolley bridge, which was a metal through-truss.
When the Flood of 1936 came, the trolley bridge was knocked off its piers and sunk into the river, where it remains. The covered rail bridge floated down the river, where it knocked two spans off the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Bridge (now known as the Canalside Rail Trail Bridge), then proceeded down the river to destroy the Sunderland Bridge.
- Franklin Region Transportation Plan, January 2007, chapter 5
- Article in the Greenfield Recorder
- Klekowski, Ed; Wilda, Elizabeth; Klekowski, Libby (2003). The Great Flood of 1936: The Connecticut River Story (DVD). Springfield, Massachusetts: WGBY. Event occurs at 10:35. OCLC 58055715. Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
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