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Bridge replacement changes boat rules

By Lauren MacCarthy
Globe Correspondent / September 2, 2012
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The state Department of Transportation’s project to rebuild the Ken Burns Bridge on Route 9 has changed the rules for Lake Quinsigamond boaters traveling under the existing span. The changes, designed to keep a minimum 50-foot-wide safe passage, were approved by the Lake Quinsigamond Commission. Enforcement has started on “no wake” zones, extended to 300 feet north and south of the bridge and marked with new warning buoys. The bridge sections that are open for safe passage by boaters are also subject to change. The state has installed traffic lights over each arch of the existing bridge to show boaters the open and closed passageways, using the green and red system of lights familiar to motorists.    Reconstruction of the new bridge and demolition of the old one will be done primarily from the lake itself, using heavy equipment on barges that will be in operation for the three years estimated to complete the project. For more information on the bridge construction, see the project’s website, www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.

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