Officially, summer is still weeks away, but everybody knows that today is really the kickoff of the season. And everybody who lives in Massachusetts also knows that Memorial Day is the unofficial start of something else: hell on the highway. For the next three months or more, it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, backed up toll roads, and hours-long waits to cross the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.

It probably won’t make the traffic move much faster, but travelers going to and from the Cape and the Islands this season will benefit from just completed repairs to the Bourne and Sagamore — a welcome relief for the many regular commuters who’ve had to work around repairs staggered throughout last fall and this spring, during which only one lane of traffic was open in either direction. Ouch!

The Army Corps of Engineers oversaw the repairs, part of a study for its Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report to gauge the bridges’ stability risks and structural strength. Since I am frequently part of the human hordes headed to Martha’s Vineyard via one of the bridges, I have a personal interest in the sturdiness of those two bridges, and I can attest to how unnerving it is to think about that while crossing over.

The Bourne and Sagamore bridges are nearly 100 years old — far from being new. So, the recent repair work on the bridges was necessarily significant and included overhauling lighting and drainage, bridge joint replacements, and shoring up damaged pavement. It’s a wonder there’s any pavement at all, given the annual grinding-down from the cars of the millions of year-round commuters and thousands of summertime visitors.

Last fall, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told legislators that repair — even major repair — was not enough. Pollack said, “If you were to ask me … what keeps me up at night, these two bridges would be on my Keep Me Up At Night list.” Pollack said she would rather see both bridges replaced. And two months ago, Republican State Rep. David Viera, who represents Falmouth, told Mashpee selectmen that the Army Corps of Engineers is likely to recommend replacement of both bridges. The Enterprise reported Rep. Viera said the Army Corps would present replacement as “an obligation of the federal government to meet highway standards.” Of course, the national infrastructure problem is, at this moment, caught in a political battle between the president and the Democrats.

The draft report from the Army Corps is due sometime this summer and will be followed by a series of public meetings and a public comment period. We’ll find out the repair or replace decision in the final report next winter. That leaves plenty of time for we summer travelers presumably to enjoy smoother pavement rides on the Bourne and the Sagamore. And it’s a given we’ll also have a chance for an up-close examination of those repaired bridge joints as we sit, and sit, and sit in non-moving traffic. Here’s to seeing you on the other side!