The state recently held a pair of public information meetings to answer questions about the Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Improvement Program, which is overseeing the replacement of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.
A panel of experts fielded questions including bridge speed limits, traffic, effects on property owners in the area, and timelines for construction.
The panel also received questions on the aesthetics of the new bridges, with many noting the iconic nature of the old bridges.
Numerous speakers assured the audience that the visual appearance of the bridges would be deeply considered in developing alternative bridges, noting the regional symbolism the existing bridges hold.
The panel also considered options on what to do with the old bridges once construction of the new structures has concluded, including the potential for pedestrian access.