Repairs to the aging Sagamore Bridge during the spring have slowed traffic leaving Cape Cod to a crawl most nights and backed it up for miles on Sundays, culminating in a Mother’s Day morass when the stalled line of cars stretched past multiple exits on Route 6 and triggered all-day gridlock on nearby Route 6A.
“Whoever conceived of this plan should be fired,’’ said Anne Kilguss, a Boston social worker and psychotherapist with a second home in Orleans. “If I were a tourist and I was caught up in that thing on Sunday, I would never go to the Cape again.’’
Kerry Barrett, co-owner of a seasonal ice cream shop on the Cape a mile from the bridge, said business has fallen by more than 50 percent on Sundays, normally the busiest day, since Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe reopened April 1, with this past Sunday by far the worst.
“We’re a seasonal small business; we cannot make this up,’’ said Barrett, who watched bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 6A obstruct the entrance of Twin Acres and nearby businesses for much of the day.
Officials said the work, to repair and replace many steel elements, is necessary to extend the life of the nearly 80-year-old Sagamore Bridge and will wind down before May 24, leaving one more trying week and painful weekend before the span is freed from obstruction in time for Memorial Day and peak tourist season.
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