A Patrick Administration Accelerated Bridge Program “mega project” has reached another milestone in June. As of the week of June 2, demolition of the old Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester-Shrewsbury is complete and construction of the second half of its replacement is underway.
Work over the next several weeks into summer 2014 will include completion of new sidewalks and landscaping, driving 36-inch pipe piles at two piers, and forming and pouring concrete for the west abutment. Remaining shallow spots from the old bridge will be dredged.
As of early March, traffic completely shifted to the first half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, four months ahead of schedule. All traffic is riding on the new bridge’s concrete deck. A permanent asphalt surface will be installed prior to project completion.
With the old bridge demolished, the second half of the new one will be built in the same approximate location. When complete, the new Kenneth F. Burns Bridge will offer three lanes in both directions and dedicated turning lanes, along with improved bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is one of the Accelerated Bridge Program projects in the eight-year, $3 billion effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the project website, www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.
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