"Time is of the essence for USACE and MassDOT to adequately prepare for upcoming federal funding opportunities. We urge FHWA to dedicate all necessary resources to accelerate the technical review of this critical project. Furthermore, we request FHWA provide a preliminary verbal debrief of key aspects of the USACE/MassDOT plan by June 2. This initial feedback is vital to the collective USACE/MassDOT effort to prepare for the next federal funding application round, which we anticipate to open in the coming weeks. Finally, we urge FHWA to expedite completion of its report outlining findings from the technical review by June 16 to enable USACE and MassDOT to incorporate the expertise and insights from FHWA in its Proposal.
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We will continue to do our part to push the agencies on continued coordination, but we want to be clear: the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are federal assets and it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure this project is best positioned to compete for federal funding. The residents, businesses and visitors of Cape Cod deserve safe and reliable public infrastructure, and we remain fully committed to working with federal, state and local partners to achieve this shared goal."