Burns Bridge, Worcester | Shrewsbury
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
This vital transportation link for the central Massachusetts region carryies 47,700 vehicles each weekday, as well as substantial pedestrian traffic. The surrounding area is home to a variety of businesses and residences that depend on Route 9 to carry deliveries and provide customer access. Through MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program, the bridge was successfully replaced with a new span to meet current and future traffic demands.
HSH designed all Temporary Traffic Control Plans (TTCP) for a suggested construction staging and final traffic plans for the interconnected traffic signals, enhanced bike and pedestrian accommodations, pavement markings, and signage for the Base Technical Concept. The staging included the use of a final bridge alignment as part of the TTCP. HSH performed all traffic analysis using Synchro and developed a preferred alternative for access to the UMass Memorial Hospital, and lakefront access with the design of a traffic circle along Lake Avenue.
HSH was involved from the beginning of design to the dedication ceremony. We developed a public involvement plan that included early coordination with public officials and key constituents to gain community trust in the project. This was achieved through face-to-face public information meetings, and a dedicated project website designed and maintained by HSH.