Burns Bridge Groundbreaking

Ground was broken on the Burns Bridge project today, according to the Commonwealth Connections: Transportation blog (which I recommend following).

The Burns Bridge website has a high-level timeline of the project:

  • Summer 2012: continuing design work, removal of the south sidewalk, Verizon trunk telephone line splicing, and mobilization of marine operations.
  • Fall 2012: beginning of heavy in-water work including driving piles, building piers and abutments for the new eastbound barrel.
  • Spring 2013: arrival of steel for the eastbound barrel and start of steel erection. Roadwork construction starts.
  • Summer 2013: steel work on the eastbound barrel. Roadway construction on Lake Avenue and Belmont Street including sidewalks and retaining walls.
  • Fall 2013: deck construction on the eastbound barrel and moving of all traffic to the new span.
  • Winter 2013: demolition of the existing Burns Bridge. New fiber optic cables shifted from the old span to the new bridge.
  • Spring 2014: beginning of heavy in-water work including driving piles, building piers and abutments for the new westbound barrel.
  • Fall 2014: arrival of steel for the westbound barrel and start of steel erection.
  • Spring 2015: deck construction for the westbound barrel.
  • Summer 2015: eastbound and westbound lanes will be fully open to traffic.

One thing I’ve noticed during the Belmont Street repaving is that some of the cuts that used to exist at certain intersections between Plantation Street and Lake Avenue (for instance, at the intersection of Frank Street) are now permanently closed.

I recall a letter to the editor a couple of years back about how the temporary closure of those intersections cut off folks who live along those side streets.  As someone who tends to be a through commuter along Belmont Street, closing off those intersections has made my commute quicker, but I don’t recall whether permanently closing those intersections was ever discussed in a city meeting.

Does anyone remember whether this was discussed (and I just missed it)?

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