CONCORD, Mass. – A travel lane restriction on the Cape Cod Canal’s Sagamore Bridge in Bourne, Mass., is scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at 8 a.m. as the contractor team works to complete the $12.3 million bridge painting project, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.
The Sagamore Bridge lane restriction will be temporary and will avoid dates of peak traffic volume using the bridge. The plan is to take only one lane daily during 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 22 and leave open one lane going on Cape and two lanes going off Cape. This lane restriction will be a daily set-up of traffic control devices during daylight hours only. All travel lanes will be open each night and on weekends. This schedule will last three weeks.
Then, after Columbus Day, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, Sagamore Bridge travel lanes will be restricted to one lane in each direction – one lane going on Cape and one lane going off Cape daily during 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. And lane closures may be possible on weekends, if needed by the contractor to complete the work. Workers will begin to dismantle and remove the access platforms and the containment system that were needed on the bridge painting project. This schedule will last to about the end of December when work and cleanup are scheduled to be completed.
During the lane restrictions, no wide loads will be permitted to cross the span, and state and local police will be on duty to assist the motoring public. This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridge, which is a vital component to the transportation system of the Cape, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.
Message boards and bridge work alert emails are used to help inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. To sign up for bridge work alert emails send an email to CapeCodCanalBridges@usace.army.mil with the subject title “Bridge Work Alerts.” An email alert is sent when there is a major change to the bridge work status or schedule. The Cape Cod Canal website is http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/CapeCodCanal.aspx.
Additionally, updates are available from the Corps’ New England District via Facebook and Twitter: on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CorpsNewEngland; on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CorpsNewEngland.
Release no. 2014-108