Cape Cod bridge work and lane closures return, travel delays expected through November

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After crews worked on the Sagamore Bridge in the spring, workers will be shifting to the Bourne Bridge for critical maintenance work this fall. (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

Cape Cod bridge maintenance work and 24/7 lane closures will be returning a couple of weeks after Labor Day, as officials warn motorists of travel delays through November.

After crews worked on the Sagamore Bridge in the spring, workers will be shifting to the Bourne Bridge for critical maintenance work starting on Sept. 18, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.

Vehicle travel over the bridge will be cut from the current two lanes in each direction to a single 12-foot-wide lane in each direction. Lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day until the project is completed.

“Motorists planning to use the Bourne Bridge should expect travel delays likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods each day,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement.

“Repair work and lane restrictions are scheduled to run through late November, weather permitting,” USACE added.

USACE delayed the original project start date by a week because of expected traffic from the Cape Cod Canal Day festival on Sept. 16 at Buzzards Bay Park.

“This maintenance work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the Bourne Bridge, a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts,” USACE said.

Work will include concrete and pavement repairs on the bridge roadway, repair of deteriorated steel supports, maintenance of bridge joints, and repairs to the concrete abutment structures. Crews will also perform maintenance work on the bridge lighting and drainage systems.

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