MassDOT to Host Final Cape Cod Canal Study Meeting

BOURNE –The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is hosting its fourth Public Informational Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study on Wednesday.

The study team will present a summary of the traffic analyses, cost estimates, and the draft study recommendations for a variety of multimodal improvements in the Cape Cod Canal study area, including improvements to vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities.

MassDOT and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are trying to determine whether the Bourne and Sagamore bridges should continue to be repaired or should be replaced with modern spans. A study has been underway for the last few years.

The existing bridges were constructed 83 years ago and require increasingly more frequent maintenance.

The Corps said the maintenance is not only costly, but causes significant impact to traffic crossing the Cape Cod Canal.

The study calls for a structural engineering analysis of the bridges, cost estimates for a rehabilitation or replacement of the bridges, an analysis of the economic benefits of the listed options, and a study of the environmental effects of the listed options.

Officials are expected to provide an update on their findings to date.

It’s the final meeting in a series of public meetings for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study.

The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Admirals Hall on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Campus in Buzzards Bay.

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