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Worcester: Burns Bridge Progress

Burns Bridge

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project is underway with demolition of the south, eastbound sidewalk of the bridge carrying Route 9 between Worcester and Shrewsbury, seen at left.

The sidewalk demolition as of this week is approximately 1/3 complete and expected to be finished later this month. Full removal of the south sidewalk will allow the relocation of Verizon conduits to begin, followed by construction of the piers that will support the new eastbound bridge.

MassDOT recommends that drivers plan ahead and allow extra time through the work zone. Drivers are reminded to reduce speed and exercise caution when traveling through the site.

The $89.9 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project is taking place as 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. To learn more, visit the Kenneth Burns Memorial Bridge website.


Going "Car-Free" September 17-23

Car Free Logo

The Patrick-Murray Administration is encouraging residents who are able to leave their cars in the driveway and try going “car-free” – by bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling or vanpooling for Massachusetts Car-Free Week, September 17-23.

Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries across the globe in an effort to showcase the community, environmental, and quality of life benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

For the third year in a row, Massachusetts will be celebrating an entire week of going car-free or “car-light,” which includes carpooling or vanpooling instead of driving alone. No other state in the nation has proclaimed a statewide Car-Free Week celebration.

This year, those who take car-free and “car-light” modes of transportation during Car-Free Week and year-round can start earning discounts and incentives from area businesses through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s rewards program, NuRide, the nation’s largest travel rewards program for individuals who take greener trips, and is free for anyone who lives or works in the Commonwealth.

“Car-Free Week is a great time to remind individuals to sign-up for NuRide and be rewarded for their efforts to commute green,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey. “NuRide is a free program, it is easy to use, and it enables MassDOT to reward travelers for incorporating sustainability into their daily commutes.”

Massachusetts Car-Free Week supports GreenDOT, MassDOT’s comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative launched to support the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008.

Massachusetts Car-Free Week is a collaboration between the MassDOT, MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program, and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Transportation Management Association. For more information, visit or email Johanna Blue,

Secretary Davey Celebrates Tyngsborough Bridge Opening

Tyngsborough Ribbon Cutting

Secretary Davey this week joined state and local officials in a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Tyngsborough Bridge over the Merrimack River. The $22.5 million project includes a new bridge and Pawtucket Boulevard relocation.

93Fast14 Named Top Ten Transportation Project

I-93 construction

MassDOT's 2011 "93Fast14" project in Medford is one of the Top Ten finalists for the 2012 America's Transportation Award by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

The $98 million 93Fast14 project replaced 14 deteriorated bridges in just 10 weekends and moved forward as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

93Fast14 and nine other finalists received the highest number of overall points during four regional contests and were judged in three categories: "Ahead of Schedule", "Under Budget", and "Best Use of Innovation."

The 10 projects now compete for the America's Transportation Awards' Grand Prize, selected by a panel of judges, and the People's Choice Award, which will be decided by popular vote of the general public.

Online voting begins today, Monday, Sept. 10 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 19 at

The two awards will be presented in November at the AASHTO annual meeting. The winners of both the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award will be awarded $10,000, which must be donated by the state DOTs to a charity or scholarship of their choice.

The America’s Transportation Awards by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S Chamber of Commerce were created to celebrate transportation improvements delivered by state departments of transportation that are on time, on budget, and innovative.

MassDOT is now on Facebook!

Continuing our efforts to inform and engage the public about their transportation system, MassDOT has launched its first-ever Facebook page. Please “like” the page and share with friends. Our page can be accessed here:

MassDOT Board October Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 1:00pm, State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.

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