Granted, we were more than a little skeptical last month when it was first reported that state officials were mulling a new “twin” Sagamore Bridge to relieve traffic congestion to and from Cape Cod.
But the BBJ has a story (sub. req.) and it seems state officials are quite serious about the idea:
The state Department of Transportation just hired a Cambridge firm to help assess the feasibility of finding a private developer to build a toll bridge over the Cape Cod Canal next to the Sagamore. The winner of this concession agreement — it would likely be a consortium of firms assembled for the job — would finance the bridge’s construction and then pay back the debt by collecting tolls over the life of a long-term lease.
Once the lease ends, the bridge would revert to state control. If all goes according to plan, the bridge could be up in six to seven years from now.
This has the potential to be a game-changer for the harried drivers who have been stuck in a sea of brake lights along Route 6, miles from the freedom that awaits on the north side of the canal.
All we can say is: Good for them. It shows they’re thinking outside the box to address a long-standing problem. Let’s see where this idea goes.