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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe $89 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project will continue through summer 2014 with advisories for boat traffic on the lake in the area.

The project will widen the bridge from two to three travel lanes in each direction and include accessible sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of the bridge.

The construction project to replace the bridge carrying Route 9 over Lake Quinsigamond has been underway since 2012 and will continue through the 2014 boating season.  Much of the work will be performed from the Lake, with several large barges, cranes and work boats operating in the area during spring, summer and into the fall.  Safe passage for boaters will be maintained through the work zone during construction; however the available navigation channels will be more restricted than what has typically been available in the past.  For your safety, please note:

  • The NO WAKE zone has been extended to 300 feet north and south of the bridge.  The limits of the NO WAKE zone are marked with lighted warning signs and buoys.  Boater compliance will be strictly enforced.
  • The span(s) which are open for safe passage under the bridge will not always be the same from day to day.  In order to indicate the open span(s) for safe passage, traffic lights over each arch of the completed section of new bridge will guide boaters to the open passage.  A green light indicates the span is safe to pass under, while a red light indicates that it is closed.  Be advised that were will often be only a single span available. 
  • Span availability will vary from week to week or even day to day.  To ensure your safety, please pay attention to the red and green arch lights.
  • For boat traffic approaching the same open span from opposite directions, power boats shall yield to non-motorized craft and northbound boats shall yield right-of-way to those going south.
  • On those weekends when work is not ongoing at the bridge, tying up to or climbing on the new bridge, barges, cranes or other construction equipment is strictly prohibited.  “No Trespassing” signs will be posted for police enforcement and 24-hour video surveillance will be in effect.

The Burns Bridge Project is part of the Patrick Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth.

For more information and updates on the bridge construction, please visit the project website at 


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