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Progress Report - 2nd Half of the Bridge Opens to Traffic

As of the week of July 20th construction of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge continues to progress. Currently, the bridge's southern half which temporarily closed in June is being readied for its ultimate purpose: carrying Route 9 eastbound across Lake Quinsigamond. Constructed before the bridge's northern half, the southern half temporarily carried both east and westbound traffic for over a year while its twin was built.

It is currently anticipated that traffic will be separated into its final configuration, with eastbound traffic on the southern span, and westbound traffic on the northern, on or about July 22nd, 2015. This shift will be made off-peak to minimize impacts to the traveling public.

As of the week of July 20th, work is focused on readying the southern span for eastbound traffic. Work will include:

  • Installation of waterproofing membrane and paving on the eastbound span.
  • Paving of bridge approaches.
  • Installation of architectural lighting features on pedestrian rails.
  • Touch-up painting of field bolted structural steel connections.

Operations are also ongoing off the bridge and will include:

  • Constructing the raised center median for Route 9 on both sides of the Lake.
  • Planting of trees and shrubs project wide.
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This image shows the view looking west across Lake Quinsigamond towards Worcester with all traffic on the northern span while the southern span is readied for eastbound traffic. It is currently anticipated that traffic will return to the southern span on or about July 22nd, 2015.


At right, viewers can see installation of one of the bridge's expansion joints. These joints allow the bridge to expand and contract to accommodate varying temperatures and changes in vehicle loads.

Expansion Joint Work 7-20-15

This view, obtained under the bridge shows project team members field painting a bolted connection. All such connections on the bridge receive two coats of paint on site to match the paint applied at the factory to the rest of the bridge's larger members.

Field painting 7-20-15

Here, project team members operate a micro-milling machine on the concrete surface of the southern span. When put into service, the southern span's deck was constructed with an extra half inch of concrete to protect it from the elements over the course of two winters. Before final paving, this extra concrete has to be removed.

Micro-milling 7-20-15

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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