The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is conducting the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study. 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 required maintenance has and will continue to necessitate lane closures and resulting delays 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 Transportation Study seeks to identify existing and future multimodal transportation deficiencies and needs around the Cape Cod Canal area in Bourne and Sandwich. The study will 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 or replacement crossing over the Cape Cod Canal.
This website provides information about this project, including ways for the public to get involved. We will be periodically posting updates of upcoming meetings as well as material developed during the study. We encourage your involvement and input throughout the study.