It’s not quite time for the tourists to take over the Cape, but it looks like the Sagamore Bridge will be backed up earlier than usual while critical maintenance work is completed this month.

According to a press release, the Cape Cod Canal Sagamore Bridge will be reduced to one lane due to scheduled maintenance work, beginning April 12. The single, 12-foot lane in each direction will remain in effect until completed. Repairs to the structural steel supports and the bridge lighting system are scheduled to end prior to Memorial Day weekend, just in time for the tourists to create their own regularly-scheduled traffic.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District makes it clear that travel delays should be expected during the morning and afternoon commutes, with visible traffic control signs and devices being used to alert motorists.

Zoppo Corporation will be performing the maintenance, and thankfully, there is no need to completely shut down the bridge as they will perform the work in “multiple shifts”, but it might be a better option to seek an alternate route by using the Bourne Bridge to avoid the one-lane of travel.

In the release, the Public Affairs Office writes that “This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.”

Once the bridge is done, motorists will notice improvements to the light posts and light fixtures, and repairs to the bridge fence, conduits, cables, and light brackets.

Plan accordingly and receive maintenance updates by visiting the NAE website, and following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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