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Turners-Gill Bridge reopening in mid-Nov.

Recorder/Paul Franz
The decking and sidewalk appear to be done on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge on Tuesday.

Recorder/Paul Franz The decking and sidewalk appear to be done on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge on Tuesday.

TURNERS FALLS — According to a Department of Transportation spokesman the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge will likely reopen to two-way traffic in mid-November.

This estimate runs contrary to persistent local buzz the bridge would reopen this weekend.

“We’re close but we’re not that close,” said DOT spokesman Michael Verseckes on Tuesday.

Verseckes said there is still some work to be done before the second lane can be reopened. Even after the projected restoration of two-way traffic next month, the work will continue. The DOT expects to complete the project at the beginning of the construction season next spring.

More commonly known as the Avenue A bridge or Gill-Montague bridge, the steel span across the Connecticut River connecting the downtown to the vital Route 2 traffic artery has been under construction since the spring of 2010.

During that time, the bridge has been open one-way only, into Turners Falls.

Business owners have complained this makes a quick stop in the downtown less likely for passing motorists, who can stop in easily enough but face a long and potentially confusing detour back to Route 2 via the Fifth Street bridges into Greenfield.

The state is paying $40.7 million for wider travel lanes, remodeled approaches, increased bicycle access and repairs to the steel bridge, built in 1937.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 257.

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