The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has discussed the possibility of giving the state control of two narrow and often backed-up bridges that carry traffic across the Cape Cod Canal.
The Corps oversees the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. It issued a draft report this month that recommended replacing the nearly 85-year-old bridges, rather than rehabbing them.
The Cape Cod Times reports Craig Martin, the Corps project manager in New England, said Thursday that while the idea of handing over control to the state after the bridges are replaced has been discussed, nothing has been formalized.
The bridges are often choked with traffic, especially during the summer. Construction of new bridges in roughly the same location could start as early as 2025.
A final report from the Corps is expected in February.