Traffic on the Sagamore Bridge. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- I’m normally not in the business of complimenting political appointees.
They usually have taxpayer-funded assistants who do that for them, and don’t need my help.
But the truth is, Stephanie Pollack, the state secretary of transportation is one of the smartest, hardest-working public officials I’ve seen. She’s always trying to see the big picture and think ahead.
For instance, as the State House News Service reports, Polllack says she’s kept awake at night worrying about the future of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges, those quaint, completely-overwhelmed passages on and off Cape Cod.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the bridges, says they’ll both need major rehab by 2025, only six years from now, which is about the same amount of time it will take you to get over the canal if they have to start shutting down lanes to fix the bridges.
So Pollack is already working on options for replacing, rather than repairing the bridges, and expanding the capacity from four to six lanes.
If it ever happens, the billions of dollars involved will come from the feds, not the state, but Pollack notes that “we obviously have a strong interest in making sure this gets done right.”
So as a longtime summer visitor to the Cape, I want to join in Pollack’s creative thinking with a suggestion – the best thing to do is nothing.
That’s right, nothing.
The less we do to encourage more cars to go on and off the Cape, the better.
There are too many trying now as it is, and the Cape has become a traffic-clogged nightmare as a result.
Let the difficulty of getting on and off Cape serve as a curb on this excessive growth, in the hope of one day returning the place to livability.
That’s my plan.
And that’s also why Stephanie Pollack is secretary of transportation, and I’m not.
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