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

As of the week of March 16th construction of the second half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is underway. Work over the next several weeks will continue to focus primarily on the future westbound barrel of the new bridge and will include:

  • Installation of shear studs and deck reinforcement.
  • Forming deck overhangs.
  • Pouring concrete deck slab sections.
  • Installation of the deck drainage system under the westbound bridge.
  • Mobilization for touch-up painting of the eastbound bridge.

Off the bridge, modifications will be made to the retaining wall at the northeast (Shrewsbury side) abutment.

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

Description To enlarge, click on the picture

At right, viewers can see an aerial image of the project site obtained during the week of March 16th. At span 1 (left side of the image), final preparations for concrete placement are underway. Rebar is being placed at span 5 (right side of the image).

The placement of the concrete deck is staged such that the steel substructure is loaded in the sequence laid out in the bridge's design.

Aerial view 3-19-15

Here, project team members can be seen welding shear studs to the bridge stringers.

Shear Studs 3-19-15

This image, looking west towards Worcester from the northern side of the project site shows ice breaking operations underway. Clearing ice from the Lake below the bridge must be performed all winter to ensure a safe, navigable route for construction tugboats and barges.

Lake Ice 3-19-15

At right, viewers can see project team members installing epoxy coated deck rebar at span 1.

Deck Rebar 3-19-15

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 work site. 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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