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In full transparency, the following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who were elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. Both are Democrats. (stock photo)


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WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Bill Keating (D-Mass.) applauded the inclusion of $350 million, toward a commitment of $600 million, in President Biden’s budget for the Cape Cod Canal Bridges Project, to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore Bridges on Cape Cod.

“I’ve been working hard to secure federal funding to replace the Cape Cod bridges and this initial $350 million, toward a commitment of $600 million, is a critical down payment in President Biden’s budget,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “The Biden administration is demonstrating their commitment to this vital project, and I’ll continue coordinating with local, state and federal partners on this much-needed investment for Massachusetts.”

“I applaud the Army Corps for requesting significant funding in its 2024 budget to replace the Cape Cod Bridges. This budget request demonstrates that the Army Corps is serious about replacing these outdated bridges and sends a clear signal that the Biden administration is committed to this project,” said Senator Ed Markey. “Thanks to ongoing collaboration among federal, state, and local partners and renewed commitment by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Army Corps, the Bridges project is entering a promising new phase. I am proud of this successful push with my colleagues Senator Warren and Congressman Keating to secure this budget request and am committed to fighting to ensure that Congress follows through on this request and appropriates critical federal funds for this project.” 

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“The Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are a critical lifeline for the Cape and Islands – that’s the message my colleagues and I have delivered to the White House and President Biden personally, and today’s investment of $350 million towards the project clearly demonstrates that the White House understands this critical issue and is ready to make a down payment on replacing these federal assets,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “We are still in the early stages of this project, but I have been clear from the start that these bridges will be funded. The Cape Cod Canal bridges will be replaced, and I look forward to continuing to partner with the federal delegation and our federal, state, and local partners to ensure we continue moving forward.”

The Bourne and the Sagamore Bridges are vital assets for the Cape Cod economy and surrounding communities, and serve as the gateway to Cape Cod for more than a quarter of a million Cape and Islands residents and over 5 million visitors annually. With more than 35 million vehicles crossing the canal each year, the bridges are the sole access point for vehicular traffic to and from Cape Cod and serve as essential routes for general transportation, tourism, and evacuations in case of an emergency. After nearly 90 years of use, structural deficiencies in the bridges present a risk to the accessibility, safety and economic stability of the Cape Cod region. This federal funding from the president’s budget will go directly towards replacement of the aging bridges, supporting the regional economy and ensuring public safety.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.