It’s the Perfect Time to Replace Those Cape Cod Bridges
It's been talked about for what seems like forever now, but an agreement has finally been reached to replace the 85-year-old bridges to Cape Cod, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
According to reports, an agreement has been reached between the state's Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the project, which will replace the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges with modern versions that can accommodate more traffic.
Even with people traveling less because of COVID-19 restrictions, traffic to the Cape these last few weeks was still pretty crazy. I heard there were backups for miles going into the Fourth of July weekend. However, I feel like overall traffic to the cape has been reasonable.
The multi-billion-dollar project will be headed up by the Army Corps of Engineers, who also own and maintain the current bridges; but upon completion, ownership of the new bridges would be transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Both organizations will work in tandem throughout the demolition and construction of both the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.
I know there really isn't really any good time to go about this major project, but with travel slightly down to the Cape this year, it could be the window to get this massive build underway. Hopefully, it won't take as long as the Big Dig in Boston did.
I know this may hurt many of the already-struggling businesses on the Cape, but imagine the long term effects of having these bridges up and operational, with fewer lane closures due to maintaining the ever-aging bridges. Fingers crossed they can get this project up and running ASAP, and that they take on one bridge at a time because I still want to make a visit to the Cape this summer.