Commuters who use the Sagamore Bridge may want to leave a little earlier for work than usual this week, as a scheduled paint job of the Sagamore Bridge set to begin Monday will cause lane closures.
The bridge is being repainted under a $12.3 million contract issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. Workers plan to close one lane on the bridge from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from April 8 to April 12. Work will continue during the same times from April 16 to April 19.
All lanes will be open overnight on these dates and on Patriots Day, according to the corps website.
The project requires the blast cleaning of the 1,408 foot steel bridge to its bare metal before it can be repainted. The repainting will be done by Atlas Painting and Sheeting Corp., of Amherst, N.Y.
“The existing paint system on the bridge contains lead primer; therefore all work will be performed in accordance with applicable environmental regulations and health and safety standards, including containment, emissions monitoring, collection, and proper disposal of all contaminated debris,’’ the statement said.
To learn of any changes during the maintenance schedule, commuters can sign up for bridge work alert e-mails by sending an e-mail to CapeCodCanalBridges@usace.army.mil with the subject title “Bridge Work Alerts.’’
Field work for the project began in March and is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.