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Cape Cod Canal Study 2019MassDOT is pleased to announce the completion of its Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study which contains recommendations to improve transportation mobility and accessibility in the Cape Cod Canal area and provide reliable year-round connectivity over the Canal and between the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges.

The study recommends the improvement and expansion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and “gateway” intersection improvements including upgrades at the Bourne Rotary, interchange investments at Belmont Circle, relocating the Route 6 westbound exit 1C and adding an additional Route 6 eastbound travel lane from the Canal to approximately exit 2.  Information about the study can be found online.

“Our administration appreciates the many years of work that went into evaluating the state’s transportation infrastructure surrounding the Cape Cod Canal and the recommendations made in this report,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “We look forward to having continued conversations with residents, local leaders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other stakeholders as we look to make future investments in this area.”

“This study will help guide MassDOT as they make the improvements needed to meet the current and future transportation needs for the Cape Cod region,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We believe the recommendations made in this report will enhance safety and improve accessibility to and from Cape Cod.”

MassDOT has worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) which owns and maintains the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges in order to sequence necessary maintenance projects and plan for future capital investments.  On October 4, the USACE released its Draft Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report on the future of the Cape Cod Canal highway bridges spanning the Cape Cod Canal.  The Draft MRER and Draft Environmental Assessment are available for review on the Corps website under the “Documents” tab. The Corps will accept public comments on the draft study through November 1, 2019.

Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack stated, “MassDOT has been working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because we both share the responsibility of ensuring that the public can safely and efficiently travel between the Cape and the mainland.  As we each take steps to replace transportation infrastructure we own, we will be carefully looking at the timing of scheduled construction so that the work is sequenced in such a way so that the public can still come and go for work, for pleasure or for vacation.”

“We appreciate the Army Corps announcement that they will begin public meetings immediately to start the process of replacing the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges and MassDOT meanwhile will be taking steps to begin project design work for state infrastructure along the Canal,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  “Any capital projects we undertake will be closely coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers so that construction activities have a minimal impact on the public as people travel in the Cape Cod Canal area in vehicles, on public transportation, on bicycles or on foot.”

MassDOT is currently procuring a consultant team and expects to have a Notice to Proceed within several months to assist with project initiation, preliminary engineering and environmental permitting for state-owned asset improvements.  In addition, MassDOT will continue regular project development coordination meetings at various levels with the USACE, federal officials and other stakeholders.  Public meeting opportunities have been scheduled, including several this month announced by the USACE.

 

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