Route 9 Bridge Work Continues In Shrewsbury

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A crane rests on a barge near the Burns Bridge, as seen from Shrewsbury on Nov. 16. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Work to replace the Burns Bridge, the Route 9 bridge that serves as Shrewsbury’s primary conduit to Worcester, is on schedule for completion in 2015.

“Everything is on schedule,” Shrewsbury Town Planner Kristen Las said in a Nov. 13 report to the Shrewsbury Planning Board. “Everything is going well.”

Floating cranes are positioned in the water alongside the existing bridge that spans Lake Quinsigamond between Shrewsbury and Worcester. Most of the construction work will be performed from barges on Lake Quinsigamond.

According to the MassDOT project website, tree clearing has been completed on both sides of the lake and on Ramshorn Island. Seismographs and survey points have been established on the existing bridge to monitor its condition during construction.

Crews will be working in open water during the winter while much of the lake is frozen, Las said. Snowmobiling, ice skating and ice fishing will be restricted in some areas.

The bridge will be replaced with a new wider five-span steel deck arch structure. The new bridge will provide three travel lanes in each direction, bike lanes, wider sidewalks and additional clearance underneath to benefit recreational users of the lake. The project is estimated to cost the state more than $89 million.

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