MassDOT: No left turn from Mountain Road

  • The General Pierce Bridge over the Connecticut River links Greenfield and Montague. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 8/16/2019 7:44:19 PM
Modified: 8/16/2019 7:44:07 PM

GREENFIELD — Starting Tuesday, drivers will no longer be able to turn left from Mountain Road in Greenfield onto the General Pierce Bridge to get to Montague.

Patrick Marvin, communications officer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, explained, “This change is being implemented to increase safety, simplify the signal timing, and decrease delays for the traffic entering the bridge from the main approaches on Montague City Road from Greenfield and Montague.”

The bridge is restricted to one lane of alternating traffic under traffic signal control, with a long clearance time required to ensure vehicles do not enter the bridge while traffic from the opposite side is still proceeding.

“Prohibiting the left turn from Mountain Road will eliminate one phase of the signal, allowing the main movements to occur safely and with less delay,” Martin explained.

Notice of the turn restriction at the bridge will be posted at the other end of Mountain Road at the intersection with Maple and Parkway streets. Signs will also be added to instruct drivers of the extended red signal time and to wait for the green light to proceed.

Additionally, the bridge is limited to 20 tons for two-axle vehicles, 25 tons for three-axle vehicles and 36 tons for five-axle vehicles.

The barriers, traffic signals and weight limits will remain in place “while the design for MassDOT’s repair project is advancing,” Marvin said previously. The project, slated to begin in the summer of 2020, is an estimated $18.3 million and will rehabilitate the 72-year-old structure.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.




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