New bridges to the Cape?

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The State House News Service is reporting a landmark agreement has been reached between the federal and state governments to demolish the two aging bridges spanning the Cape Cod Canal and transfer ownership of their replacements to Massachusetts.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which currently owns and maintains the 85-year-old Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, will partner with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to plan the multi-year project, leaving the new structures in the department’s hands once the dust settles.

Both bridges were deemed functionally obsolete, and require increasingly frequent — and costly — maintenance. As the only road crossings onto Cape Cod, they are often clogged with traffic, particularly during summer months.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed Tuesday, the federal government will maintain responsibility for covering the costs of the project. When the Corps recommended replacing both bridges last year, it projected the cost to range between $1.45 billion and $1.6 billion, the news service reported.