Replacement of damaged roadway joints on the Bourne Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Massachusetts, is planned to start in late March or early April 2019 and continue through the spring just prior to Memorial Day weekend in May 2019, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District officials. The work is weather dependent and crews will begin the work when the late winter weather allows. Work will be phased in such a way that should allow for all four traffic lanes to be opened prior to the Memorial Day weekend.
During the scheduled times for work, travel over the Bourne Bridge will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to ONE WIDER 12-FOOT LANE IN EACH DIRECTION. Signs, traffic control devices and police details will be used at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public.
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. All lanes on the Sagamore Bridge will remain open while work is occurring on the Bourne Bridge. The Corps' construction contractor, R. Zoppo Corporation, of Stoughton, Massachusetts, will work 7 days a week with multiple shifts in order to complete this work in a timely manner.
This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts. Work will include the replacement of modular bridge joints on the roadway, repair of damaged steel and concrete supports, patching of damaged pavement surfaces, and replacement of deteriorated waterproofing membranes on the roadway curb and sidewalk. In addition, USACE work crews will conduct maintenance work on the bridge lighting systems during this timeframe.
Traffic signs, message boards and bridge work alert emails will be 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.