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Progress Report - Construction Underway for 2nd Half of New Bridge

As of the week of April 27th construction of the second half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is underway. Work over the next several weeks will continue to focus primarily on the future westbound barrel of the new bridge and will include:

  • Wet curing of the concrete bridge deck.
  • Forming, reinforcing, and pouring the concrete bridge barrier and the bridge sidewalk.
  • Installation of the storm drainage system under the deck.
  • Touch-up painting of field bolted structural steel connections.
  • Installation of electrical conduit for both street and ornamental lighting.
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At right, viewers can see an aerial image of the project site obtained during the week of April 20th. The picture shows the west-to-east placement of deck concrete at span #4. In the background concrete deck sections at spans #2 and #3 are still covered while their 14-day moist curing is underway.

Aerial view 4-27-15

On the right of this image, viewers can see the green reinforcing bar which will go into the future parapet (concrete barrier) on the south side of the westbound bridge. Visible among the reinforcing bar are conduits for street lights.

Steel Reinforcement 4-27-15

Here, project team members are shown moist curing a section of the new bridge deck. For this process, the newly placed concrete is sprayed with water and covered in a layer of burlap, topped with a layer of plastic. This ensures that the concrete remains damp for the 14 days needed to achieve its design strength.

Moist Curing 4-27-15

At right, viewers can see project team members placing the concrete bridge deck slab. The westbound bridge's deck contain in excess of 1,650 cubic yards of concrete and 560,000 pounds of epoxy coated reinforcing bar.

Deck Slab 4-27-15

Notice About Lake Quinsigamond Recreational Safety

Construction operations for the Burns Bridge will continue throughout the 2015 boating season. The project team wants to remind all summertime sporting and recreational users of the Lake that while the bridge is under construction, conditions will be similar to what they have been for the past few summers.

  • As during the 2014 boating season arches through which watercraft can pass are marked with green lights. Closed arches are marked with red lights. The pattern of closed and open arches is dependent on construction operations and boaters should take care of observe it.
  • The area adjacent to and the channel underneath the bridge is a no-wake zone for motor boats. On approach to the bridge, motorized craft shall yield the right-of-way to non-motorized vessels. Northbound boats should yield to those going south.
  • Climbing onto the bridge structure, work barges, cranes or other construction equipment from boats is strictly prohibited. No trespassing signs have been posted for police enforcement and 24-hour video surveillance is in effect.

These changes have been developed with the concurrence of the Lake Quinsigamond Commission with safety as the paramount concern. For more information, please see our Boating Safety Flyer.

Current Work Area

Construction - Stage 3

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