Public hearing to be held regarding replacement of Burns Bridge


Public hearing to be held regarding replacement of Burns Bridge

Shrewsbury/Worcester – The public is invited to attend and participate in a Design Public Hearing that will be held by the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project.

The meeting will be held at the Worcester Technical High School – Conference Center, One Skyline Drive, Worcester.

The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed replacement alternative of this bridge which spans Lake Quinsigamond and connects Shrewsbury and Worcester via Route 9. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

The proposed bridge structure will have three travel lanes in each direction, left and right turning lanes at each approach, bicycle-accommodating shoulders and sidewalks in each direction.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT's policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Acting Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, ATTN: Michael O”Dowd, Project File No. 604729. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to [email protected]

The community has declared that this facility is accessible to all in compliance with the ADA / Title II. However, persons in need of ADA / Title II accommodations should contact John Lozada by phone at (617) 973-7171 or email to [email protected]. Requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the date of the public hearing.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at

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