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

As of the week of April 14, 2014 demolition of the old bridge is rapidly progressing towards completion and construction of the second half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is beginning. At present, all traffic is riding on what will ultimately become the eastbound half of the new bridge. Traffic is moving over this structure on its concrete deck, however at the end of the project, a permanent asphalt riding surface will be installed. Pedestrians seeking to cross the Lake are reminded to use the south sidewalk on the new bridge. For more information about this year's boating conditions on Lake Quinsigamond, please see our boating safety flyer.

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At right, users can see the ongoing demolition of spans 5 and 6 of the original Burns Memorial Bridge. This view faces west looking towards Worcester.

Demolition at spans 5 and 6
This image shows barge mounted equipment demolishing the remaining underwater portion of one of the original bridge's concrete piers. All former bridge piers will be removed to a level below the Lake's bottom. The orange line surrounding the pier is a silt curtain which controls the spread of sediments outside the construction zone. Ongoing demolition from the water

This view shows 36-inch pipe piles being driven for the new bridge's pier #2. Piles are welded together in sections and will be driven to bedrock to support the new bridge's foundations.

Driving of pipe piles at pier #2

At right, viewers can see the temporary earth support walls associated with the west abutment under construction.

Temporary earth support at the west abutment
In another sign of advancing progress on the second half on the new Burns Bridge, steel arch ribs are in fabrication off-site at Casco Bay Steel Structures, Inc. Off-site steel fabrication
With the weather getting nicer, 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

Shuttle Bus Status

Shuttle bus service between Lincoln Park Towers and the White City Shopping Center for senior citizens is running.  The shuttle will operate through early 2014.  For more information, please visit the Worcester RTA website.

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