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Learn More About the Overall Project Schedule

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

As of the week of January 26 construction of the second half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is underway. Work over the next several weeks will address multiple areas of the project including the following:

  • Installation of steel deck forms and deck overhang brackets on the north and south sides of the bridge.
  • Completion of the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall on the north side of the west abutment.
  • Beginning of modifications to the retaining wall at the north side of the east abutment.

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

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This aerial image, obtained during the week of January 20th, shows the completed steel work of the westbound half of the Burns Bridge. At this point, all of the structure's steel has been erected and post-tensioned. The next step will be to install the deck forms.
Burns aerial image 1-20-15
Also obtained during the week of January 20th, this image clearly shows the space between the two halves of the new Burns Bridge. This gap has increased the project's constuctability, provides light and air to boaters passing under the bridge, and creates a conduit to carry utilities over the Lake.
Burns aerial image 1-20-15_2
At right, viewers can see project team members installing stay-in-place deck forms between the bridge's stringers. As the name suggests, these forms will become a permanent part of the bridge's deck. Stay-in-place deck forms 1-28-15

Here, bolts are torqued between a floor beam and stringer on the edge of the future westbound bridge's deck.


In this view, a project team member is post tensioning the bridge's steel superstructure. Over 1 million pounds of tension are incrementally applied to each of the six tension ties which cross the bridge from end to end. Each tension tie is composed to 35 separate steel stands. In this image, obtained last month, viewers can see one of these strands being pushed across the bridge.

Post-tensioning 1-28-15

At right, viewers can see an MSE wall under construction at the curved bump out wall of the west abutment.

West abutment MSE wall 1-28-15
This aerial image, obtained during the week of January 19th shows an overhead view of the future westbound bridge with deck forms approximately 25% across the structure. Aerial 1-28-15

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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