Nash’s Mill Road bridge now open

  • The Nash’s Mill Road bridge over the Green River is now open. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Nash’s Mill Road bridge over the Green River is now open. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 11/11/2019 4:43:51 PM

GREENFIELD — As of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nash’s Mill Road and bridge are open after a safety inspection and walk-through was completed that morning, according to the Greenfield Department of Public Works.

“The bridge is substantially complete, and remaining work will be accomplished between now and December with the road open,” a post on the DPW’s Facebook page reads.

DPW Director Marlo Warner said he got a phone call early Monday morning from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to conduct the safety inspection and walk-through.

“We went over punch list items and while the bridge is not 100 percent completed, the rest of the work can be done while the road is open,” Warner said. “They’ll be doing more of the punch list items like smoothing concrete, a final clean up (and) disconnecting temporary power.”

Warner said the project is still on track to be fully complete by December. The first steps to replace the 85-year-old bridge began in October 2018.

He added that he knew people were frustrated that the bridge appeared to be completed but wasn’t done sooner.

“At the last City Council meeting, I went over that there is a lot of paperwork to be done, and working with the contractor to sign off on the contract,” Warner explained. “There is also the inspection process with the contractor and MassDOT, so the state can release the bridge back to the city.”

He said part of the work on Monday included removing the detour signs around Greenfield.

“The project went well. We stayed in contact with MassDOT and they said it was originally going to be an 18- to 24-month project, and they closed on the bridge on Halloween last year,” Warner said. “So it was about a 13-month project, and they finished ahead of time and on budget.”

The new Nash’s Mill Road bridge, which crosses over the Green River, has wider shoulders and new sidewalks. The new, single-span, 105-foot steel beam bridge will be wider and include 10-foot lanes, 4-foot shoulders and a 5-foot sidewalk on the south side.

The $2.6 million project was funded through the 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). TIP, run by MassDOT, prioritizes transportation projects across the state.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.


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