Canal Bridge Meetings Continue on Nantucket Thursday

Tim Dunn/

NANTUCKET – The Army Corps of Engineers continues a series of public meetings this evening on Nantucket to discuss the future of the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

The Corps is conducting a multiyear Major Rehabilitation Evaluation study of the two bridges to determine whether major rehab work or the replacement of one or both of the spans would be the best solution.

The bridges were constructed more than 80 years ago and require an increasing amount of maintenance.

When the study is completed the Army Corps will release a Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report which will evaluate the risk and reliability of the current bridges, along with the economic benefits of several alternatives, including the continuation of routine maintenance, major rehab work, or bridge replacement.

The report will also highlight the environmental effects of the different alternatives.

The meetings, which kicked off Tuesday in Bourne, provide the public with an overview of the study, including general concepts of alternatives, and allow for comments or concerns.

This evenings meeting is at Nantucket High School on Surfside Road.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. An open house will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with informational posters and Corps staff on hand to answer questions about the study. A project overview will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by an opportunity for public comment.

Remaining meetings are Tuesday, December 11 at the Martha’s Vineyard High School Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs, and Wednesday, December 12 at the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.

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