In Spring 2016, the towns of Dennis & Yarmouth began construction on a new extension to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This project adds bridges to span two major roads in both towns, Route 134 in S. Dennis and Station Ave. in S. Yarmouth. Additionally, a third bridge to span Bass River and 3.7 miles of new paved path are also planned.
Phase I construction is partially completed, with both road bridge spans having been installed as of May 2017. Yarmouth’s bridge was finished last fall and already has its concrete surface. However, more finish work remains to be done on both spans. Most crucial is pouring the Route 134 span’s concrete surface. The deadline for Phase I construction is October 2017, and officials from both towns are counting on the project finishing sooner.
The road bridges’ combined cost is $7.3 million, with Phase II construction projected to be $3.7 million for the Bass River span connecting the two sections. Phase I also includes building a new parking lot where the former Dennis town hall resided on Old Bass River Rd., which is currently unfinished. The Station Ave. bridge has its own dedicated parking area being constructed adjacent to Yarmouth Commons shopping plaza, as well.
Phase II is slated to begin during late May/early June, and won’t likely be completed until early 2019. It includes dredging Bass River to help create a solid foundation for reinforcements to support the bridge’s suspended weight. With construction currently underway, both towns are posting periodic updates on the progress of their respective projects: