MassDOT today announced creation of the Canal Area Regional Traffic Task Force to build consensus on the immediate, near-term, and future transportation needs related to ongoing traffic congestion at the two canal bridges in the Cape Cod region.
Congressman Bill Delahunt requested creation of the Task Force in response to recent congestion caused by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repairs to the Sagamore Bridge and the long-term issues created by rising traffic volumes on the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges. Sagamore Bridge construction work began at the end of summer and is ongoing this fall and continuing in spring 2010. One lane of traffic is reduced in each direction. The result has been significant congestion and in some cases traffic being stalled at the bridge and clogging highways in the area.
At the direction of MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeff Mullan, the Task Force will be chaired by Tom Cahir, Administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. Task Force participants will represent federal, state, regional, and local officials, including the Office of Congressman Delahunt, Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Cape Cod Commission, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Towns of Bourne and Sandwich, and other local business representatives.
The Task Force is expected to focus on near-term improvements necessary in spring 2010 when Sagamore Bridge construction resumes along with discussion of longer term solutions including alternate routes and other ways to mitigate traffic congestion and preliminary cost proposals for recommended long term investments. The Task Force follows recent meetings hosted by MassDOT's Highway Division to develop solutions to ongoing construction related traffic problems.
View the Army Corps bridge work information and traffic alerts.