Holiday traffic causes 25-mile backup leaving Cape

Sagamore, MA 7/7/2013 The heavy traffic at the base of the Sagamore Bridge on Sunday July 7, 2013. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 08traffic Reporter: Kathleen McLeod
Traffic at the base of the Sagamore Bridge was backed up for miles on both Sunday and Monday.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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You know a traffic jam is bad when it has a second chapter, which is exactly what Kevin McKenna discovered Monday morning when he left the Cape just after 9 a.m., believing he could slyly avoid the nightmarish backups of Sunday afternoon’s exodus from Cape Cod.

And what did he discover?

“I was absolutely shocked,” said McKenna. “It was brutal.”

It took him well over an hour to get from Harwich to the mainland. Still, Monday’s slowdown was nowhere near as bad as the epic tie-up of Sunday afternoon, a day that has already become part of traffic legend: a 25-mile backup, with some reporting an eight-hour journey from the Outer Cape to Boston, an infuriating crawl in stifling summer heat.

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