U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal Bridges Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Study
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has conducted a multiyear Major Rehabilitation Evaluation (MRE) Study of the Bourne and Sagamore Highway Bridges. The bridges span the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Massachusetts. The purpose of the study was to determine whether major rehabilitation or replacement of either or both bridges would provide the most reliable, fiscally responsible solution for the future. The study resulted in a Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report (MRER), evaluating the risk and reliability of the structures as well as the economic impacts/benefits of a number of alternatives, including continuation of routine maintenance, major rehabilitation, or bridge replacement.
A decision was made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works on April 3, 2020 to replace the current Bourne and Sagamore Bridges with two new bridges built to modern-day standards. This solution provides the federal government with the best long-term investment for safe access to Cape Cod for the traveling public over the next 50 plus years.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to work with its strategic partners and stakeholders including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), members of Congress and the public to plan the next phase of the project. We look forward to working together to deliver modern, reliable bridges for the residents and visitors of Cape Cod.
Additional information is available at: https://capecodcanalbridgesstudy.com/
MassDOT Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study
LINK: Final Report
The study entails developing and analyzing a range of transportation alternatives in Bourne and Sandwich. These include highway, interchange, and non-highway improvements, as well as options and design elements that improve access and safety for all modes. Additionally, this study includes significant coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers on its study of the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, which are under its stewardship and jurisdiction.