Officials Schedule Another Meeting on Future of Bridges

BUZZARDS BAY – Another public meeting on the future of the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges is scheduled for next month.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are trying to determine whether the 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 says the maintenance is not only costly, but causes significant impact to traffic crossing the Cape Cod Canal.

“Right now we’re looking at either replacing the bridges or doing major rehabs. We’re going to continue to repair the bridges as needed,” said Tim Dugan, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers.

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. This is the final public meeting scheduled at this point on the matter.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 from 7-9 P.M. at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay.

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