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Burns Bridge, July 2015

The view looking west across Lake Quinsigamond towards Worcester with traffic on the northern span while the southern span is readied for eastbound traffic.

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge project in Worcester-Shrewsbury continues to move toward completion.

A traffic shift will take place tonight, Wednesday, July 22nd, when eastbound traffic will be shifted from the northern half of the Burns Bridge to its permanent location on the bridge’s southern half which has been closed for the past four weeks in preparation for this change. Work will take place in a series of moves overnight to minimize traffic impacts.

Once this shift has been completed, sidewalks will be available on both sides of the bridge for those looking to cross the Lake by foot. Over the upcoming weeks, the project team will continue work on the job’s finishing touches: taking steps to set up the bridge’s final lane configuration with three eastbound and three westbound through lanes, with turning lanes to serve Lake Avenue north and south, installing architectural lighting, field painting bolted connections on the structure, and completing landscaping and medians.

Replacement of the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is taking place under the Commonwealth’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across Massachusetts. The replacement bridge will carry Route 9, known as Belmont Street in Worcester and the Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury, over Lake Quinsigamond. For more information about the Burns project, please visit www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge

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