Expect delays at Bourne Bridge

Maintenance work for Bourne Bridge will begin on Monday, September 18. —Eunki Seonwoo

If Bourne Bridge is a part of your commute to the Island, make sure you have enough time to get on that ferry. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Friday that maintenance work will begin on Bourne Bridge starting on Monday, Sept. 18. This will reduce the bridge’s two lanes in each direction to a “single 12-foot-wide lane in each direction” while “critical maintenance work and bridge structural repairs are conducted.” Lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day until the project is completed. 

Police details will be present to assist with traffic while the work is underway. Traffic signs and message boards will be used to inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. 

“The maintenance work start date is weather-dependent,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District spokesperson Bryan Purtell wrote. “Motorists planning to use the Bourne Bridge should expect travel delays likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods each day. Repair work and lane restrictions are scheduled to run through late November, weather permitting.”

According to the announcement, this maintenance work is critical to maintaining Bourne Bridge’s structural integrity. Work done 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. Additionally, work crews will perform maintenance work on the bridge lighting and drainage systems. 

Sagamore Bridge, the other pathway connecting the Cape and Islands to the rest of the state, underwent similar maintenance work last March.


  1. This is like putting a new coat paint on a 70 year old house that has termites and carpenter ants in it for the last 50 years. Both bridges NEED to be replaced before they fall down on there own or seagull lands on one a knocks it over.

  2. Please keep us informed as to progress and moving on to a finish date as we get closer to the finish line. Thanks it’s important for people commuting to plan their schedules for travel to and from the cape. Thanks

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