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5th Street Footbridge

Turners Falls Road Pedestrian Bridge

   


5th Street Footbridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 13, 2008
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Power Canal
Location
Turners Falls: Franklin County, Massachusetts
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1912 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This riveted through truss bridge is next to a historic highway truss bridge, which is actually newer than this pedestrian bridge. This pedestrian bridge was likely constructed to provide workers access to the paper mills on the other side of the canal. Nationwide, old riveted pedestrian-only truss bridges are uncommon, but Massachusetts has a lot of them due to the many canals that dissect so many of its cities. These pedestrian bridges were often placed to allow workers access to work who lives near their place of work and so did not drive to work.

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