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

As of the week of September 8th 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:

  • Continued forming and pouring of the perched pier caps.
  • Installation of drilled micro-piles at the east abutment.
  • Installation of temporary piles at the piers as construction support for structural steel erection.
  • Relocation of the drainage system at the west abutment.
  • Touch-up painting of field splices and installation of drainage on the completed eastbound bridge.
  • Off-site, steel for the westbound half of the bridge is being painted.

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 barge-mounted crane installing temporary 24-inch pipe piles that will support the westbound bridge's girders while they are being installed. Temporary 24-inch piles 9-8-14

In this view, taken on the Shrewsbury side of the Lake, users can see a test micro-pile being drilled at the east abutment. After this test pile is successfully proof tested, the remainder of the micro-piles will be drilled and grouted into bedrock.

Test pile drilling on the Shrewsbury shore 9-8-14

Under the eastbound bridge, project team members are at work painting the bolted connections between the steel members to match the rest of the structure.

Field painting the eastbound bridge 9-8-14
At right, viewers can see the new Lincoln Park Towers pedestrian ramp which brings residents of the senior housing facility from their parking lot to the bridge's sidewalk. A key route allowing access to shopping destinations at Shrewsbury's White City Plaza, this ramp is now open again for the first time since 2012. Lincoln Park Pedestrian Ramp 9-8-14
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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