Your article on the impact a new bridge will have on Cape traffic was well written and well researched (“Plans offer new hope for Cape traffic,” June 5). However, it ignores a fundamental fact. The Sagamore Bridge is not the greatest impediment to traveling to or from Cape Cod. The greatest problem is the lane drop and economic development around Hingham.
On a weekend, it is not uncommon to come off the Cape without delay, only to experience a 6-mile backup from Hanover until Route 18 [in Weymouth].
On weekdays and weekends, it is common to experience backups all the way to Braintree from noon until the mid-evening.
While your article briefly talks about a widening of Route 3, there already exists a third lane from Hingham to Marshfield. State officials must acknowledge that the edge of civilization has moved well south of Hingham and allow travel in this lane on a full-time basis. Its design with emergency pull-over areas is not materially different than Route 128’s.
It is time for state transportation planners and politicians to acknowledge that the South Shore has grown since the last century. Any cries that “If they build it they will come” are ludicrous. They are already here and spewing exhaust while they creep along in traffic jams.