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USACE announces upcoming work on Railroad Bridge will cause Canal closures for marine traffic

Published March 10, 2023
Updated: March 10, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced today that work on the Cape Cod Canal Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge in Bourne, Mass., near Buzzards Bay, will begin March 13, 2023, and last approximately two weeks. 

To complete the rehabilitation and replacement of critical bridge components, the Railroad Bridge will be lowered each day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Cape Cod Canal will be closed to all marine traffic when the bridge is being worked on. Bridge work will be conducted March 13-17 and March 20-24, and USACE officials stated the Canal will be re-opened as early as safely possible each workday. The schedule is weather dependent and the number of days with scheduled closures will be reduced if work progresses faster than predicted.

USACE safety boats will be stationed at both ends of the Canal to warn approaching vessels. Maritime questions should be directed to the Duty Marine Traffic Controller at the Cape Cod Canal Field Office by calling (978) 318-8500 or utilizing VHF Channel 14. 

Bryan Purtell

Release no. 23-006