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

As of the week of October 6th construction of the second half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is underway. The project is shifting to a new and exciting stage this month with steel erection getting underway and set to continue through late November. Work over the next several weeks will address multiple areas of the project including the following:

  • Continued reinforcing and pouring of the east and west abutment walls.
  • Reinforcing and pouring the concrete for pier #4.
  • Continued touch-up painting of the bridge's completed, and eventual eastbound, half.
  • Replacement of the water main and sewer line on Route 9 in Shrewsbury.
  • Off-loading of steel components at the staging site, transportation of these elements by barge along the Lake to the job site, and setting them into place for erection on temporary shoring.

For more information about this year's boating conditions on Lake Quinsigamond, please see our boating safety flyer.

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At right, viewers can see a bridge bearing assembly being placed on its pier cap. The bridge bearing transfers the load of the bridge to its foundation and also helps to accommodate any movement of the structure due to traffic loads, temperature changes, or seismic events. Bearing cap installation 10-6-14

In this view, users can see several of the arch ribs that have been positioned during the week of October 6th. The structural steel associated with the bridge's second half is expected to be bolted together and post tensioned by the end of November, 2014.

Newly erected steel 10-9-14

As has been noted several times in connection with the changes at Ramshorn Island, a important aspect of this project is the improvement of water quality in Lake Quinsigamond. In this image, an infiltration trench system is being installed at the east abutment. Rain and snow melt from the new bridge will be piped to this structure. Water will be allowed to slowly percolate back to the the water table while sand, oil, and other contaminants remain trapped. A similar structure is in place at the west abutment.

Drainage at the east abutment
At right, viewers can see the installation of micropiles associated with the foundation of the east abutment. Due to the proximity of the adjacent restaurant, drilled micropiles were used at this location as a strategy to reduce the potential for damage to the nearby structure. Micro-pile installation
Sailors, rowers and all water users are reminded that work will be going on throughout the boating season. Boat ramp signage

Notice About Lake Quinsigamond Recreational Safety

Construction operations for the Burns Bridge will continue throughout the spring and summer. The project team wants to remind all recreational and competition users of the Lake that while the bridge is under construction boating conditions are different from what they are familiar with from years past.

  • As during the 2013 boating season, a safe passage below the bridge for boaters will be maintained. The arches which are safe to pass under will be denoted by a green light displayed at the top of the arch. Arches which are blocked to boaters will display a red light.
    • Span availability will vary from day to day. To ensure your safety, please pay attention to the red and green arch lights.
  • The NO WAKE zone has been established to extend 300 feet north and 300 feet south of the bridge. Boater compliance with the NO WAKE zone will be strictly enforced.
  • When boat traffic approaches the same span from opposite directions, power boats shall yield to non-motorized craft. Northbound vessels will yield right-of-way to those going south.
  • Climbing on or tying up to the bridge structure, work barges, cranes or other construction equipment is strictly prohibited. No trespassing signs have been posted for police enforcement and 24-hour video surveillance will be 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 or or feel free to contact us.

Current Work Area

Construction - Stage 3

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