CONCORD, Mass. – Steel repairs on the Bourne Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., are scheduled to start on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.
During the scheduled time for repair, travel over the Bourne Bridge will be reduced to ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION. Traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Motorists planning to use the Bourne Bridge during this timeframe should be aware that travel delays are likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods each day.
The $8.5 million project involves the removal and replacement of structural steel secondary members, the strengthening of existing structural steel members, the replacement of structural fasteners, the removal of selected existing welds, and the strengthening of selected gusset plates.
The Bourne Bridge will be fully open to two lanes of traffic in each direction for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Wednesday, Nov. 23 at noon through Monday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.
Message boards, located at both approaches to the Bourne Bridge, will keep motorists advised of work efforts. Also, fixed signage will be installed at all approach roads to the Bourne Bridge, alerting motorists to the bridge work and associated travel restrictions. In addition, accessing the Cape Cod Canal website (use the link: CapeCodCanal.US, then Bridge Work Alerts, then Bridge Work Notices) will inform motorists on the status of the work, and advise of lane shifts and other adjustments to the schedule that may interest motorists using the Bourne Bridge.
Completion of the steel repairs is critical to maintaining the integrity of the bridge, which is a vital component of the transportation system for the Cape, Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.
Those who want to be notified of any changes to the bridge work schedule can sign up for the Bridge Work Alerts email notifications. To sign up for the Bridge Work Alerts go to the Corps of Engineers’ Cape Cod Canal website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/ccc/news/bridgealerts.htm and select sign up for bridge work alerts. These alerts are sent when there are major changes to the bridge work schedule. For more information about the bridge repairs contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Public Affairs Office at 978-318-8238.