This weekend there will be an increase in traffic from the military base to Sandwich—but not for the usual summertime reasons.
Trucks laden with soil will be traveling from Joint Base Cape Cod to Quaker Meetinghouse Road in Sandwich to deliver thousands of cubic yards of dirt to construct the new BMX motocross track behind the Stop & Shop Plaza.
“We wanted to make sure the community knows that the trucking activity is part of a well-supported community project that is made possible with great support from the leadership at Joint Base Cape Cod in coordination with Cape Cod BMX,” Assistant Town Manager Heather B. Harper said in an email on Thursday.
Ms. Harper said the town has announced on its website that construction of the dirt motocross has begun and that hauling activity will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The hauling may resume next weekend, if necessary.
“These activities are approved by the Town and Joint Base Cape Cod,” the announcement says. “The haulers will use the JBCC Convoy gate at Route 130 and travel to the new CCBMX Site on Quaker Meetinghouse Road. A state police detail will be assigned to the gate.”
The new course is located on a 7.5-acre parcel behind the Pop Warner Football field.
Tammy Gibbs, the president and track manager for Cape Cod BMX, has said the track will operate from April to December. Most nights the track will closed by 8 PM and will stay open until 9 PM when races are held, she said.
Most practice sessions for competitions will be held during the week and the races—which are sometimes regional events—will be held on weekends, Ms. Gibbs has said.
The grade of the land will not change, Ms. Gibbs told the zoning board of appeals recently. Some 7,000 cubic yards of materials—mostly sand and topsoil—will be brought from the base, which has been the home of the BMX track for 30 years.
The track had to move because the military base is looking into other uses of the acreage now occupied by the BMX track, Ms. Gibbs has said.