Baltimore Tragedy Sparks Scrutiny for Massachusetts Infrastructure

HYANNIS – Failures on the Washington Bridge in Rhode Island and the major crash between a cargo ship and the Baltimore Bridge Tuesday has put increased scrutiny on the Massachusetts transportation infrastructure by state officials and advocates.

Gov. Maura Healey said accidents like that in Baltimore are unlikely in Massachusetts as the state relies far less on cargo shipping than previous years, but the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center did find almost 650 deficient bridges in a 2022 analysis.

That list includes the Sagamore Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal.

The Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are looking at one permanent lane closure each by 2036 if they aren’t replaced.

About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native from Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the News Center in 2019.
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