Cape's Biz Leaders Give Army Corps an Earful

Members of Cape Cod’s business community along with elected officials were in Hyannis Tuesday to question the Army Corps of Engineers about upcoming work on both the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges.

During a public meeting at the Hyannis Transportation Center, members of the Corps said the work will restrict traffic to one lane in each direction for an extended period on each bridge.

The work on the Sagamore Bridge will take place from April 2 through May 25. That brought protests from a number of business and civic leaders like Marie Oliva, President and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce.

If the work dates for the Sagamore Bridge were a bitter pill, the time schedule for the Bourne Bridge, September 6 through November 28, left some people pleading to put the work off until the spring of 2019. 

John MacPherson, the Deputy Canal Manager for the Army Corps, said the contractor, R. Zoppo of Stoughton, will be working double shifts throughout the course of the work. While he sympathized with the complaints from the Cape’s business leaders, he pointed out that the work can’t be done in the winter or the summer which leaves the spring and fall.


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