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Cape Cod faces more bridge repair work starting in November 2011

The Sagamore Bridge is once again being repaired
The Sagamore Bridge is once again being repaired
DM Smith photo

Once again the two 70 year old bridges that link Cape Cod to the mainland will be subject to repair work commissioned by the Army Corps of Engineers. But there is good news for travelers this time, unlike 2010 when repairs created major traffic headaches.

Less traffic impact expected on Cape Cod during this repair work
The year long process is not expected to cause much interruption of traffic flow as the work will occur above and below the deck. As before the Corps will provide alerts on their Cape Cod Canal webpage when impacts on traffic are expected. The link above also allows regular visitors to register for email, twitter and/or Facebook alerts whenever there is important travel information for those crossing the Sagamore and/or Bourne Bridges.


The History of the Cape Cod Canal bridges

Not everyone is aware that there are three bridges spanning the Cape Cod Canal. The canal was opened in 1914 to allow boats to avoid the long and often treacherous journey around the Cape. Originally all three bridges – two for automobile and truck traffic and one railroad bridge – were drawbridges, resulting in delays for both overland and boat traffic.

In 1935 the three new bridges were opened, with the Bourne Bridge winning a Class A Award of Merit as the “Most Beautiful Bridge Built During 1934”. The railroad bridge, a vertical lift bridge, was the longest lift span in the world at the time of its construction.

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