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Bourne BridgeMassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study as follows:

Thursday, January 15th, 7:00 PM,  Admirals Hall, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Campus, 101 Academy Drive, Bourne

The purpose of the meeting, the first in a series, will be to introduce the recently initiated conceptual planning study, and to solicit input from the general public on the study’s goals and framework.

The Sagamore and Bourne Bridges, as well as the moveable rail bridge across the Cape Cod Canal, are the primary means of access to and from the mainland for the 15 towns and 215,000 people who live on Cape Cod. While in previous years off-season mobility over the bridges was unimpeded, the two functionally obsolete highway bridges are 80 years old and have required increased maintenance activities by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. This maintenance requires lane closures and resulting delays and will continue with increasing frequency over the coming years. This will have a significant impact on emergency access and safety, community connectivity, and impacts to the economic activity of the Cape Cod communities.

The Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study effort will examine existing and future multimodal transportation deficiencies and needs around the Cape Cod Canal area in Bourne and Sandwich. The study will also entail the development and analysis of a full range of transportation alternatives including highway, interchange, and non-highway improvements, as well as options and design elements that improve access for all modes. The alternatives considered will also include the evaluation of potential alignments for an additional crossing over the Cape Cod Canal.

The overall study will deliver short, medium, and long-term recommendations for improvements and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

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