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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 August 4, 2014 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:

  • Installing reinforcing steel and placing concrete at piers 1 and 3.
  • Competion of pile driving at piers 2 and 4.
  • Field painting of structural steel and bolted connections on the completed eastbound bridge.
  • Installing the drainage system under the completed eastbound bridge.
  • Ongoing reconstruction of the Lake Avenue/Belmont Street intersection and roadway medians on both Lake Avenue and Belmont Street.
  • Off-site, fabrication of steel for the westbound half of the bridge is underway.

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 the perched pier cap form being set over the 36-inch pipe piles at pier 1. Once the form is secured at the proper grade, the space between the piles and the holes in the form's bottom will be sealed and the form pumped free of water allowing the concrete cap to be cast in a dry space. Pier 1 8-5-14

In a scene that will soon be repeated at pier 1, in this image, users can see concrete being pumped into the perched cap at pier 3. The bottom of the pier cap is five feet below the surface of the lake.

Pumping concrete at pier 3

At right, viewers can see stormwater drainage pipe being installed under the already completed half of the new Burns Bridge. This pipe will capture rain that falls on the bridge and channel it to infiltration basins which will remove oil and grit prior to discharging the treated water. This system, which will eventually be present on both sides of the new bridge will improve water quality in Lake Quinsigamond.

In the last update to this page, users got a look at an excavator removing the soil connecting Ramshorn Island to the Worcester bank of the Lake. In this image, users can see the result of this work: the stagnant cove behind Lincoln Park Towers has been removed making Ramshorn a true island with water flow restored to all sides. Ramshorn Island: a real island at last
This image shows ongoing work at the bridge's east abutment. In the foreground construction team members are forming and installing rebar. Behind them, Verizon crews are completing installation of fiber optic conduit. Behind them, bridge painters are at work from barges on the Lake. East Abutment 8-5-14
At the off-site steel fabrication facility, the components of the second half of the new bridge are being readied for shipment to the project site. The unpainted ends of the elements at right will be painted once they have been installed. Off-site steel 8-5-14
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

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 mid-2014.  For more information, please visit the Worcester RTA website.

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