How To Fix Cape Traffic

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Sagamore Bridge traffic. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Memorial Day weekend is at hand, and the folks at AAA are predicting one of the busiest travel weekends ever, with almost 90% of travelers behind the wheel.

Yikes.

Just in time for the holiday, the state Department of Transportation has released a draft study of Cape Cod’s horrendous traffic problems that calls for replacing the Sagamore and Bourne bridges along with major changes to nearby roads.

But don’t worry.

This won’t mean ever-more-horrible traffic jams getting on- and off-Cape.

After being stuck for 24 hours in the gridlock it will cause once the work begins, no one will ever want to drive to the Cape again.

Maybe there’s a clue in there for a better way to handle this mess -- leave it alone, as a deterrent to even worse messes to come.

This approach worked well for Block Island, the beautiful spot off the Rhode Island coast that has avoided being overrun and spoiled like Martha’s Vineyard.

How did they do it?

They refused to expand their airport to accommodate jets.

They don’t have a golf course.

And when President Clinton wanted to visit there back in the 1990s, the same move that helped swamp the Vineyard, he was told there was no room at the inns.

Cape Cod, if you fix it, they will come.

Maybe it’s better to live with a bad situation instead of making it even worse.

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