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Progress Report - Project Nearing Completion

As of the week of October 5th, 2015 construction of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is almost complete. Traffic is now in its final configuration and all that remains to be accomplished is final punch list work including touch-up painting of the structural steel and architectural decorations like the bridge's gateway sails.

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This aerial image looks towards Shrewsbury across the largely completed Kenneth F. Burns Bridge.

Aerial View 10-7-15

At right, viewers can see one of the interpretive historical plaques placed at each one of the bridge's characteristic overlooks. Each pier is provided with a overlook on either side of the bridge where pedestrians can enjoy views of the Lake. In addition to interpretive materials, each overlook includes benches.

Recreation Plaque 10-7-15

This memorial plaque commemorates Kenneth F. Burns, former police chief of Shrewsbury and rowing enthusiast. This particular plaque is located on the bump-out at bridge's southeast corner facing Lincoln Park Towers. Bump-outs also include bench seating.

Kenneth F. Burns 10-7-15

The replacement of the Kenneth F. Burns Bridge has also occasioned improvements off the structure. Here is the completed roundabout on Lake Avenue North at the driveway to UMass Medical Center. This new intersection has improved traffic flow and access to the hospital campus.

Completed Roundabout 10-7-15

A unique feature of the new Kenneth F. Burns Bridge is its accent lighting which can be set to a variety of colors. Here, the bridge's arches are picked out in green.

Green lighting 10-7-15

As noted above, the accent lights of the new bridge can change color. Here, they have been set to blue.

Blue lighting 10-7-15

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.

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