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.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement