There was a touch of spring in the air today - no snow or rain, and the mercury actually rose above 40 degrees! To celebrate, I decided to take a trip to the Cape Cod Canal to enjoy some much awaited sunshine!
(The Iroquois, owned by John Henry of the Boston Red Sox, traveling under the railroad bridge)
The Bourne Bridge, which crosses the Canal from Bourne, Massachusetts to Cape Cod (technically you are still in the Town of Bourne even after you cross the bridge), was built in 1933 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (who still are in charge of operations the bridges and of the Canal). Its twin, the Sagamore Bridge, also built in 1933 as part of a Public Works Administration project by the Corps of Engineers, has long been viewed as the more traveled of the two bridges (it also crosses the Canal from Bourne to Bourne, but the Cape Cod side of the bridge is called "Sagamore" - which is one of the villages that make up the Town of Bourne). Subsequently, its approach was redesigned in 2004 to try to alleviate the traffic backup that occurs in the height of the tourist season on Cape Cod. The "flyover" was completed in 2006, but it has yet to be determined if it has actually improved the ongoing "Cape Traffic" problem. Both bridges carry four lanes of traffic over an approximately 615 span, with a 135 foot clearance for marine traffic below.
(the Bourne Bridge)
(the Sagamore Bridge)
(the Railroad Bridge with its center span lowered)
(a closer view of one of the counterweights on the Railroad Bridge)