Cohasset Narrows Railroad Bridge

Work continues on the Cohasset Narrows railroad bridge

Despite work being done to replace the railroad bridge over the Cohasset Narrows between Bourne and Wareham, the Cape Main Line continues to run part-time.

The Massachusetts Coastal Railroad train that moves trash off Cape Cod travels on that line, which uses the bridge to cross the Narrows. On Monday, April 1, Robert Bourne, a representative of Mass Coastal, said the work on the bridge shut down and the route was made passable for the train.

Mr. Bourne said the work is being done by a crew from J.F. White Co. of Framingham in sections, so that service is interrupted only minimally. He said crews are working from Thursday afternoon at 1 PM through Monday.

The work is expected to continue for another four weeks. Mr. Bourne said the work is on schedule to be completed within that time frame.

In addition to the trash train, the line is used for the CapeFLYER, a seasonal train that operates on weekends between Boston and the Cape. The train is expected to resume operation at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

Thomas Cahir, director of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, said he does not believe the railroad work will affect the train.

“There is rail traffic going over the bridge right now,” he said. “They will evidently be doing some rail work in early May, but there’s no way it will impact any of our services.”

Once the project is completed, the existing two-track, five-span railroad bridge will have been replaced with a welded plate deck girder span with an open timber deck and walkways. The project is estimated to cost about $4.8 million.

After the project was put out to bid last April, the contract was awarded to J.F. White.

Staging for the project is being done across from the train station at the intersection of Academy Drive and Main Street, and behind the complex that houses the East Wind Lobster and Grille.

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