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Army Corps of Engineers: Replace Cape Cod Canal bridges

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has advisable changing the 2 slender and sometimes backed-up bridges that carry vehicular site visitors throughout the Cape Cod Canal.

The Corps, which oversees the Bourne and Sagamore bridges, issued its draft report Thursday following a examine that weighed the benefits of rehabbing the practically 85-year-old bridges versus changing them solely.

The Corps decided that changing them could be more cost effective than paying $1.5 billion to rehabilitate them.

The report recommends changing the four-lane bridges with new wider four-lane constructions that embrace auxiliary acceleration-deceleration lanes, and bike and pedestrian entry.

Construction of latest bridges, in roughly the identical location as the present bridges, may begin as early as 2025.

The Corps has scheduled 5 public conferences later this month to debate the proposal.

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