Cape Cod bridges slated for major repairs

Visiting Cape Cod can be a joyous experience – unless, of course, you spend your time stuck in Cape Cod traffic, which isn’t much fun at all.

The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced an agreement in 2020 to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges. The bridges are almost 100 years old and were designed to accommodate traffic from another era.

Have you ever noticed how narrow the two lanes are in each direction? Perhaps when the bridges were built, no one foresaw how popular holidays in Cape Town would become.

The Sagamore and Bourne bridges could need a major overhaul just to keep them open while the planning for replacement bridges drags on.

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The cost of replacing the bridges has been estimated at just over $1 billion, but that was two years ago. Rampant inflation and construction delays pushed those estimates to nearly $4 billion.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is responsible for the approaches on both sides of the two bridges and would be ready to begin. Replacement of the bridges is the responsibility of the federal government, which has yet to commit a dime to the project.

In the meantime, the US Army Corps of Engineers must decide how to proceed.

The Sagamore and Bourne bridges could need a major overhaul just to keep them open while the planning for replacement bridges drags on.

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According to CapeandIslands.org “Sagamore Bridge is scheduled for major repair work from 2025, and Bourne Bridge in 2029”. Journalist Jennette Barnes spoke to Congressman Bill Keating, who said if replacing the bridges takes too long, they will need a major overhaul to stay open.

It looks like the traffic congestion on the bridges, whether due to repairs or replacements, will have us grumbling for some time to come.

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