With all due respect to J. Martin Begnal, there is no way that the rail bridge could be modified for use by cars, even in an emergency such as a Pilgrim meltdown (“Might railroad bridge be retrofitted for cars?” Letters, April 7).
Planking over the bridge for vehicle traffic would not be a simple project, and would prevent train traffic, which is an important part of waste disposal for many Cape towns. Summer commuter trains also ease the vehicle traffic over the bridges in the busy season.
Lowering the bridge for traffic on a full-time basis would also prevent the many hundreds of boats both commercial and recreational from passing through the canal, which is one of the busiest in the country. The canal allows marine traffic to avoid the passage around the Outer Cape, which can be treacherous.
We as Cape Cod residents need to increase our pressure on the powers that be in our state to move quickly to plan for a new bridge system to solve this problem.