What do you do when a bridge becomes too old?

What do you do when a bridge becomes too old?

BOURNE, Mass. — Would you drive on a bridge that was 35 years older than what it was designed for?

Well, you have if you've ever driven to the Cape, either by taking the Bourne or the Sagamore bridges.

The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending both bridges be replaced before they have to begin major renovations by 2025.

Content Continues Below

In a meeting on Wednesday night, about one hundred people gathered at the Bourne High School to discuss the fate of the bridges. Most people, however, agree new bridges are needed, but there was some push back to the $1 billion plan.

"We’ve been coming down here since 1962," said Bobbie McGaffigan. "There's a lot of traffic, too many cars for one little road."

"We do a pretty good job over the last 84 years maintaining them, they are safe but obviously they are designed for cars from the 1930s and they are not up to our current standards and codes but they are safe," said Colonel William Conde, of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Both bridges are packed daily with people going to and from the Cape, which means construction on either one of the 84-year-old structures would eventually lead to disruption to homes and businesses nearby.

"I'm 75 years old, what am I supposed to do with my house?" said Dave Collins. "It won’t be worth a nickel."

The Army Corps of Engineers plan on making a final decision on replacing or rehabbing the bridges by next spring.

Eventually, changes will need to be made, and one of the bridges will have to close down temporarily while construction is done on the other, and vice versa.