Boston – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) received today the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project. The $144 million project fully replaced the old Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond and links Shrewsbury to Worcester.

The award was presented today to MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin by the New England Chapter APWA, the regional chapter that nominated the project, at the Joint Meeting of the MassDOT Board of Directors and the Fiscal Management Control Board.

“We would like to thank the American Public Works Association for recognizing this signature project,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is an example of how MassDOT approaches new construction with the priority of building projects that encompass all modes of transportation and address the needs of the surrounding communities. The people who use our infrastructure, whether by walking, cycling, or driving are the central focus of how we are building our infrastructure.”

The bridge project was completed four months ahead of the scheduled completion date of January 2016 and $5 million under the original $110 million budget. The new Burns Bridge replaced a 100-year old structurally deficient bridge.

The Burns Bridge project began in June 2012 and was officially completed in August 2015. The contractor was Middlesex Corporation. The new five span steel deck arch structure provides three travel lanes in both directions on Route 9 with exclusive left and right-turn lanes on the westbound approach into Worcester. The bridge will accommodate projected increases in traffic and includes bicycle lanes and sidewalks in both directions of the bridge. The project also included improvements on Lake Avenue to the north and south of Route 9 to improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The roadway profile has been raised in order to provide improved vertical under-clearance for recreational users of the Lake Quinsigamond.