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5th Street Footbridge


5th Street Footbridge

Photo taken by Marc N Belanger in November 2013


BH Photo #270910


Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Power Canal on Pedestrian Pathway
Turners Falls, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Open to pedestrians only
Warren through truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.60844, -72.56046   (decimal degrees)
42°36'30" N, 72°33'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/700105/4720219 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 58857 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • August 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • June 17, 2015: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • November 24, 2013: New photo from Marc N Belanger
  • November 23, 2013: Added by Luke Harden


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  • Marc N Belanger - marcnbelanger [at] gmail [dot] com
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5th Street Footbridge
Posted June 18, 2022, by Steven W Lindsey (StevenLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

update on Canal Bridges, Turners Falls, Ma.


5th Street Footbridge
Posted June 18, 2022, by Steven W Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Greenfield Recorder > Opinion > Letters

Restore Turners Falls bridges

Published: 6/16/2022 6:17:31 PM

Modified: 6/16/2022 6:15:17 PM

It is with sadness I read of the planned replacement of the iron bridges crossing the old canal in Turners Falls (“State plans $56M replacement of three bridges,” the Recorder, June 8). Among this “mass” replacement of bridges by MassDOT would be “Green Bridge”, the adjoining “5th Street Pedestrian Bridge”, and the “Sixth Street’s Bailey Bridge.” Three quirky bridges, two dating from the industrial era. Others have handled our civil engineering heritage with more aplomb and imagination. Some years back a push was made to replace the Iron Bridge connecting Shelburne Falls to Buckland. The latter favored replacement but the former stood for restoration of the heritage structure. Many in the two towns realized that character matters, heritage matters, beauty matters. Branding means bringing in the tourist dollar. It is sad that few see this too with Turners Falls. Perhaps the trusses of the bridges removed can be set aside for reuse as is the practice in Vermont. Save the bridge trusses for rails-to-trails and other projects. Repurpose them. In keeping with our goal of a sustainable future.

Steve Lindsey

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Keene, New Hampshire and former resident of Franklin and Hampshire counties