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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program “mega projects” continues to advance ahead of schedule in Worcester-Shrewsbury. As of early March, traffic has been completely shifted to the first half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge. This milestone was reached 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.

Demolition of the old Burns Bridge is currently underway and anticipated to last approximately four months. Pedestrians are reminded that the old bridge is now part of the project work zone and no longer provides a safe crossing between Worcester and Shrewsbury. Pedestirans should use the south sidewalk on the new bridge.

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 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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