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Maintenance work on Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge will cause upcoming Canal closures for marine traffic

Published April 21, 2023
Updated: April 21, 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 result in the closure of the Cape Cod Canal to all marine traffic April 24 to 28 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

For workers to complete the rehabilitation and replacement of critical bridge components, the Railroad Bridge will be lowered each day and the Canal will be closed to all marine traffic when the bridge is being worked on.

USACE officials stated the Canal will be re-opened as early as safely possible each work day. 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.

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Bryan Purtell

Release no. 23-010