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Turners Falls - Gill Bridge

Gill - Montague Bridge

Turners Falls - Gill Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 13, 2008 and October 18, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Main Road (Avenue A) Over Connecticut River
Turners Falls and Riverside: Franklin County, Massachusetts: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1938 By Builder/Contractor: Daniel O'Connells Sons of Holyoke, Massachusetts

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
450 Feet (137.2 Meters)
Structure Length
1,733 Feet (528.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
27.6 Feet (8.41 Meters)
3 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge was originally and should still be properly known today as the Turners Falls - Gill Bridge but is today listed on many sources as the Gill - Montague Bridge. This name has spread because the local school district for the towns of Gill and Montague is called the Gill-Montague School District. The bridge is a low-level cantilever deck truss of considerable length. It includes a single Warren deck truss approach span at each end of the bridge, and an overpass span on the Turners Falls side.

The bridge is historically significant as a bridge built with federal Depression relief programs and funding. The bridge is technologically significant for its considerable size and complex design. The bridge is aesthetically significant for its art deco details. The most noteworthy architectural treatment is the fancy piers that rise above the deck with substantial art deco detailing and large bronze plaques.

The bridge appears to retain excellent historic integrity, including attractive metal pedestrian railings and minimal insensitive alterations to the trusses.

This bridge was rehabilitated in 2013. As is shown from the photo to the right from October 2013, this project included repainting the bridge.


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