The first half of the new Burns Bridge is now open. The structure is currently carrying two lanes of eastbound traffic and two lanes of westbound traffic between Worcester and Shrewsbury. For pedestrians, the sidewalk on the south side of the new span is open for safe crossings of the Lake. This important milestone in the Burns project was achieved four months ahead of schedule.
The 1916 Burns Bridge is now closed to all traffic and under demolition, a process which is currently anticipated to take approximately four months. Once the old bridge has been 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 “mega” projects now in progress as part of the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program, an 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.
Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill posted on Apr 18
Governor Deval Patrick today signed legislation creating a Massachusetts “Boston Strong” license plate. The legislation directs the Registry of Motor Vehicles to establish a license plate memorializing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings adorned with the phrase “Boston Strong.” All proceeds from sales of …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill
Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice posted on Apr 18
The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project continues through the 2014 boating season. Much of the work this season to construct the new northbound span of the Whittier Bridge is taking place from the Merrimack River to the immediate east of the existing bridge. Several large barges, …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set