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

As of the week of November 10th 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:

  • Completing the erection of box girders.
  • Continued placement of columns, floor beams, and stringers.
  • Mobilization for post-tensioning of steel components.
  • Removal of the temporary shoring under the arches.
  • Forming and pouring of abutment bumpouts at the east and west abutments.
  • Forming and pouring of end diaphragms.
  • Replacement of the sewer force mail on the Shrewsbury side of the Lake.

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

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At right, viewers can see a recently obtained aerial image of the bridge. Arches have been placed for three of five spans with spandrel columns and floor beams already in place on span #3. Aerial view 11-7-14

In this aerial view, looking towards the north, some of the roadway reconstruction associated with the project is clearly visible. In the photograph's left, upper corner, users can see the new roundabout at the intersection of Lake Avenue/South Road. This new intersection creates a safer, more efficient traffic flow entering and exiting the UMass Medical Center campus.

Aerial view looking north 11-7-14

This image shows the space between the completed eastbound span and the under-construction westbound span. When completed, there will be a 19-foot gap between the two structures bringing light and air to boaters passing beneath the two structures.

Between Spans 11-7-14
In this image, a longitudinal stringer is being set between two transverse floor beams. The beams and stringers provide support for the bridge's deck. Setting a stringer 11-7-14
Here, concrete is being placed at the footing of the bumpout at the north side of the west abutment. When completed, the bumpouts will provide a comfortable location from which to watch sailing and crew races or just enjoy the Lake. Forming a bumpout 11-7-14

Notice About Lake Quinsigamond Recreational Safety

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

  • As during the winter of 2013-2014, an open navigation channel will be maintained between the staging area adjacent to the ITAM club on the Worcester Shore of the Lake and the bridge worksite. Snowmobile drivers, cross-country skiers, skaters, ice fisherman and anyone else on the ice must avoid this open channel.
  • The open channel will be marked by a combination of warning signs, lights, and floats anchored to the Lake bottom.
  • Warning signs at the northern and southern ends of the open channel will read "DANGER OPEN WATER."
  • Climbing onto the bridge structure, work barges, cranes or other construction equipment from the ice 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 winter safety flyer or feel free to contact us.

Current Work Area

Construction - Stage 3

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