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Burns Bridge, October 2014The Burns Bridge Project in Worcester-Shrewsbury will continue throughout the fall and winter. The project team reminds all wintertime recreational users of the following conditions on Lake Quinsigamond while the bridge is under construction:

As during the winter of 2013-2014, an open navigation channel will be maintained between the staging area adjacent to the ITAM club on the Worcester Shore of the Lake and the bridge worksite. Snowmobile drivers, cross-country skiers, skaters, ice fisherman and anyone else on the ice must avoid this open channel.

The open channel will be marked by a combination of warning signs, lights, and floats anchored to the Lake bottom. Warning signs at the northern and southern ends of the open channel will read “DANGER OPEN WATER.” Climbing onto the bridge structure, work barges, cranes or other construction equipment from the ice is strictly prohibited. No trespassing signs have been posted for police enforcement and 24-hour video surveillance is in effect.

For more information about this year’s winter time conditions on Lake Quinsigamond, please see our wintertime safety flyer.

The replacement of the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is a signature initiative of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ historic Accelerated Bridge Program. The replacement bridge will carry Route 9, known as Belmont Street in Worcester and Turnpike Road in Shrewsbury, over Lake Quinsigamond.

The project is shifting to a new stage with steel erection getting underway and set to continue through late November. Work over the next several weeks will address multiple areas of the project including the following:

  • Continued reinforcing and pouring of the east and west abutment walls.
  • Reinforcing and pouring the concrete for pier #4.
  • Continued touch-up painting of the bridge’s completed, and eventual eastbound, half.
  • Replacement of the water main and sewer line on Route 9 in Shrewsbury.
  • Off-loading of steel components at the staging site, transportation of these elements by barge along the Lake to the job site, and setting them into place for erection on temporary shoring.


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