Army Corps announces meetings on Cape Cod Canal bridges

BOURNE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced a series of public information meetings to be held next month to discuss the future of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges, the first major opportunity for the public to weigh in on the federal agency’s planning for a long-term solution to deal with the aging structures.

“I would encourage everyone to get out and weigh in on the issue,” said Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich. “I know I will be strongly advocating for a replacement for these two auto bridges instead of a major refurbishment.”

The Army Corps is conducting a multiyear rehabilitation evaluation of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges to determine whether major rehabilitation or replacement of either or both bridges will provide the most reliable, fiscally responsible solution for the future, according to a statement the agency issued Friday about the meetings.

The study will result in a major rehabilitation evaluation report to evaluate the risk and reliability of the structures as well as the economic effects and benefits of a number of alternatives to deal with the bridges, including continuation of routine maintenance, major rehabilitation, and replacement, the statement says.