Proposed new bridge to Cape Cod would alleviate traffic
By Alana Cerrone
Massachusetts DOT is considering plans to build another bridge to Cape Cod.
commission called The Public Private Partnership Oversight Commission is just
exploring the plan for now. It proposed construction of a new bridge parallel
to the Sagamore, and both bridges would carry one direction of travel.
Cape-goers are well aware, the existing traffic on and off the Cape calls for some type of project to alleviate it.
daily traffic between the Cape and mainland Massachusetts is 22,100 vehicles. Between May
and October, that shoots up to at least 40,000 per day. Traffic has been known to back
up for 20 miles.
bridge would be tolled to make up the revenue required to pay for construction and
forward, MassDOT would have to file an Environmental Notification Form to start
the MEPA process. The review and analysis of potential environmental impacts
would take at last 3 years.
for a project like this would take at least another 3 years. From start to
finish, the entire process would take 7 to 10 years.
Commission will continue to study the proposal and report back in February.