Worcester: Burns Bridge Project Safety Update
The $89.9 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project will continue through summer 2013 with advisories for boat traffic on the lake in the area.
The Burns Bridge Project is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth.
The project will widen the bridge from two to three travel lanes in each direction and include accessible sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of the bridge.
Summertime construction will result in a change from normal conditions on Lake Quinsigamond with certain arches of the existing bridge closed to all boat traffic. A safe passage will be maintained beneath the existing bridge, and the new one as it begins to take shape. Boaters, please note:
- No Wake Zones have been extended for 300 feet to the north and south of the bridge. These are marked by lighted warning signs and buoys.
- During this summer, the spans which are safe to use will not always be the same. A system of roadway traffic signals suspended over the arches of the existing bridge will mark the safe passage for boaters. A green light shows a safe passage, a red light indicates a closed arch. Often, only a single span will be available.
- Under conditions when only a single span is available, power boats shall yield to non-motorized craft. Northbound boats will yield to those going south.
- Tying up to or climbing on work barges is strictly prohibited. Local police will be monitoring boater compliance. Work barges are not safe for non-construction personnel.
To learn more, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.