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Proposed new bridge to Cape Cod would alleviate traffic

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By Alana Cerrone

The Massachusetts DOT is considering plans to build another bridge to Cape Cod.

A special 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.

As Cape-goers are well aware, the existing traffic on and off the Cape calls for some type of project to alleviate it.

Average 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.

The new bridge would be tolled to make up the revenue required to pay for construction and maintenance.

To go 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.

Construction 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.

The Commission will continue to study the proposal and report back in February.

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