The Army Corps of Engineers and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in the planning and construction of two new bridges to replace the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges that now span the Cape Cod Canal. This is good news. It is another step taken toward a needed change for which many have advocated for decades.
Despite the news of progress, one must lament the snail’s pace by which such things are achieved. The quicksand of regulation, litigation, and political and bureaucratic decision-making took so long to arrive at this point. One fears that the long drawn out process will carry over into the next steps and the two new bridges will not be completed until far into the future - 2050 is not unthinkable.