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Burns Bridge, April 2016MassDOT announced today that the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge replacement project has been chosen as the American Public Works Association’s “Public Works Project of the Year.”

The $144 million project fully replaced the old Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond and links Shrewsbury to Worcester.

“We are grateful to the American Public Works Association for recognizing this project,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.

“The Burns Bridge is an example of how MassDOT is approaching new construction with the priority of building projects to take into consideration all modes of transportation and also the needs of the surrounding community. The people who use our infrastructure are the central focus of how we are building our infrastructure.”

The bridge was part of MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program and was substantially completed four months ahead of schedule in summer of 2015. The bridge was also completed on budget.

The previous bridge was deemed structurally deficient, was quickly deteriorating and required expensive maintenance to keep it in service. The new bridge allows for improved traffic flow on Route 9 and provides easier access to UMass Memorial Medical Center. The bridge includes bike lanes and pedestrian overlooks for viewing rowing and boating events. For the first time since the lake existed, sailboats will be able to pass under the bridge.

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