Lane restrictions scheduled for Sagamore Bridge

Steel repairs on the Sagamore Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne are scheduled to start, weather permitting, on or about March 20, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.

During the scheduled time for repair, travel over the Sagamore Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, according to an Army Corps press release.

Traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through mid- to late-May (except for two weekends) to perform work above the road surface on the Sagamore Bridge. Motorists planning to use the Sagamore Bridge during this period should be aware that travel delays are likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel times each day.

During Easter Weekend, April 7-8, and Patriots Weekend, April 14-16, all equipment will be removed from the Sagamore Bridge and all lanes will be open to traffic. The Bourne Bridge will be fully open to traffic as well for both weekends.

The $8.5 million Sagamore Bridge and Bourne Bridge repair project involves the removal and replacement of structural steel secondary members, strengthening of existing structural steel members, replacement of structural fasteners, removal of selected existing welds, and strengthening of selected gusset plates. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.