Closures expected amid painting on White Bridge in Turners Falls

The White Bridge over the Connecticut River between Greenfield and Turners Falls, pictured in January, will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to painting.

The White Bridge over the Connecticut River between Greenfield and Turners Falls, pictured in January, will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to painting. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Report

Published: 03-22-2024 2:22 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The White Bridge will be closed next Monday and Tuesday due to a daytime painting operation, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

The bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, MassDOT announced. During the closure, a posted detour will be in effect. The schedule for this work is weather-dependent and subject to change without notice.

Starting in January, the bridge was reduced to one lane due to structural steel and concrete repairs. At the time, MassDOT spokesperson John Goggin explained some “intermittent full closures” would be needed at least through the end of March.

The repairs on the bridge are expected to keep it structurally sound until 2026, when MassDOT will begin to undertake a $60 million bridge replacement project that was approved by the state in 2022 and is anticipated to be funded through the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ Transportation Improvement Plan, according to MassDOT’s project database. The mass replacement will include the White Bridge, the cross-canal Green Bridge and Sixth Street’s Bailey Bridge.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

■Download the Mass511mobile app or visit mass511.com to view live travel times, real-time traffic conditions and project information before setting out on the road. Users can subscribe to receive text and email alerts for traffic conditions.

■Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.

■Follow @MassDOT on X, (formerly known as Twitter), to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.

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