Planned Cape Cod bridge work delayed until next spring

Traffic piling up on the Bourne Bridge, leading up to this past Memorial Day weekend.
Traffic ahead of Memorial Day weekend. –Matt Campbell /EPA / Shutterstock / File

Cape Cod’s late tourist season won’t be interrupted by a big construction job after all.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the two bridges over the canal, has agreed to reschedule repairs — and related lane closures — to the Bourne Bridge until next spring. The decision was announced by the Army Corps and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

The Army Corps was originally preparing to start work replacing joints and repairing corroded steel and damaged pavement on the bridge in September. It would have lasted until November. Cape tourism officials had worried the work would create traffic headaches during the late summer and early fall, a season that is still lucrative for the peninsula.