The relocation of traffic is happening in two stages. The first stage shifted the two eastbound lanes onto the new bridge while westbound traffic remains on the old bridge, followed in the next few days by the second shift westbound. When all traffic has been moved to the new bridge, traffic conditions will be as they currently are with two eastbound and two westbound lanes maintained during all peak hours.
After the traffic shift has been completed, pedestrians will also be relocated onto the new sidewalk on the south side of the new structure. Pedestrians are reminded that once the old bridge closes, it will become part of the project’s work zone and will not offer a safe walkway between Worcester and Shrewsbury.
Demolition of the old Kenneth F. Burns Bridge will begin following the completed traffic shift. Demolition is currently anticipated to last approximately four months, followed by construction on the other half of the new bridge in the footprint of the original structure. When complete, the new Kenneth F. Burns Bridge will include three lanes in each direction.
The Kenneth F. Burns Bridge is being replaced through the Patrick Administration’s historic, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.
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