Old Bass River Road Overpass to Remain Closed Until Spring

Continuing inconvenience to Dennis residents after errant truck driver strikes, damages bridge...
December 6th photo of damage to the Old Bass River Road overpass on Route 6 in Dennis. (MassDOT photo)

Dennis, MA - The Old Bass River Road Route 6 overpass will remain closed until at least this spring, per vote of the Dennis Board of Selectmen.

The bridge suffered critical damage on December 6th when a hydraulic lift being towed by a tractor trailer on Route 6 struck the underside of the bridge.  A passenger in a nearby car on Route 6 was injured when her vehicle was struck by falling debris.  The woman was extricated from the wreck and rushed to Cape Cod Hospital.  She is now convalescing from her injuries.

Two of the bridge's support beams were severed in the crash.

On December 17th the Board of Selectmen met with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to hear the state engineers' report on damage to the structure. 

MassDOT staff indicated that the repairs to the bridge will take one to two months and must wait until spring when weather conditions are favorable to that type of work.  In the interim the DOT offered three options for the bridge in its current condition:

  • The bridge could be opened in the undamaged southbound lane in one direction
  • The bridge could be opened in the undamaged southbound lane in both directions with a traffic signal to control traffic flow
  • The bridge could remain completely closed to traffic until it is repaired

The Dennis Town Engineer, Thomas Andrade, along with the police chief and fire chief all recommended the bridge remain closed.  The selectmen voted to keep the bridge closed to traffic but did ask that the span be open to pedestrians. Old Bass River Road is a popular thoroughfare for town residents seeking to avoid Route 134 traffic.


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