BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the United States Army Corps of Engineers have filed an application for $1.06 billion in federal money for the Sagamore Bridge replacement, a crossover which has stood for nearly 90 years across the Cape Cod Canal.
But that's not the final price tag, state officials say if the application is approved, they'll move ahead with the next phase which calls for $2.13 billion from the federal highway administration and its bridge investment program.
The project to replace Sagamore, and its twin Bourne Bridge, has been a talking point for years, specifically on how the state will receive enough money to get the job done with a current estimated cost being in the ballpark of $4.5 billion over several years.
The Sagamore is getting the nod ahead of Bourne because it carries far more traffic on a day-to-day basis. Vehicles will be allowed to traverse Sagamore while construction is underway, though it's not clear yet what that will look like, especially in the warmer seasons when traffic is elevated.
“From day one, our administration has been laser focused on securing federal funding to rebuild both Cape Cod bridges. This application for the Large Bridge Project Grant Program builds on our previous applications to strengthen our competitive standing. We are grateful to the Biden-Harris Administration and our Congressional delegation for making this funding available for states like Massachusetts to compete to improve our infrastructure and economies," Governor Maura Healey said.
The state's new Capital Investment Plan has committed to state match $700 million for the Sagamore Bridge Project.
WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.