Progress Report - Construction Underway
On May 6, 2013, roadway construction related to the Burns Memorial Bridge replacement project will result in minimal changes to traffic patterns on North Lake Avenue and Belmont Street (Route 9) in Worcester. For full details, please see our media release.
Reconstruction of North Lake Avenue will begin between Belmont Street (Route 9) and South Road. To minimize traffic impacts, construction will be phased with work starting on the southbound side of North Lake Avenue. During this period, all traffic will be shifted to the northbound lanes creating two-way opposing traffic.As part of this phase of the project, the U-turn for motorists seeking to go south on Lake Avenue will be closed. Motorists seeking to go south should proceed to the next U-turn approximately 1,000 feet further north. Throughout work on North Lake Avenue, access will be maintained for all abutters. It is anticipated that these conditions will last approximately eight weeks.
Work on Belmont Street between Lake Avenue and Alvarado Avenue will move from preliminary utility work to major reconstruction. Work will be completed in a series of phases with traffic shifted around the work zone as needed. Two lanes in each direction will be maintained and shifts will take place off-peak to minimize traffic disruptions.
While the conditions described above have been carefully planned to minimize impacts to traffic, MassDOT generally recommends that motorists allow additional time for their trip and exercise caution while traveling through the work zone. If you have questions or concerns, we invite you to contact us.
Work is also ongoing on the bridge itself. Over the next few weeks, work will include:
Notice About Lake Quinsigamond Boating Safety
Construction operations for the Burns Bridge will continue throughout the summer. Summertime construction will result in a change from normal conditions on the Lake in that certain arches of the existing bridge will be closed to all boat traffic. A safe passage will be maintained beneath the existing bridge, and the new one as it begins to take shape, but the navigation channel will be more restricted than what was available in the past. For the safety of boaters, please note:
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 Advisory or feel free to contact us.
Current Work Area
In the current phase of construction, nightly lane closures have ceased, but there will continue to be periodic closures of the eastbound lanes for utility relocation work. As always, MassDOT recommends that drivers plan ahead and allow extra time for trips through the work zone, especially when traveling at night. Drivers are reminded to reduce speed and exercise additional caution when traversing the site. As has been stated in public information meetings and on this website, night work is a project requirement to ensure that all lanes on the bridge can be available to commuters during peak periods.
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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