While there are some inbound site visitors modifications coming to the entrance of Lengthy Beach Island, some issues will stay the very same when the Causeway enlargement and rehabilitation challenge wraps up in a couple of many years.
One of the alterations is the addition of a new, third lane on Barnegat Avenue that will be a committed left-change lane onto Ninth Street for motorists touring south, according to Steve Schapiro, spokesman for the N.J. Office of Transportation. There will be two as a result of lanes of website traffic that keep on throughout Ninth Road, he stated.
The significantly-remaining lane southbound on Barnegat Avenue will come to be the dedicated remaining convert. Motorists who do transform still left onto Ninth Avenue with ideas on vacation south will negotiate two lanes of targeted traffic to transform proper onto Central Avenue or Extended Beach Boulevard, in accordance to the DOT’s strategies.
“Motorists on Ninth Street can flip left or suitable on to Barnegat Avenue now, and that will continue on just after the job is complete,” he mentioned, adding the final highway configuration will also involve still left-hand turns on to Central Avenue from Ninth Road.
Left-hand turns on to Central Avenue are currently prohibited since it’s a one particular-way road likely south in the area, Schapiro additional. Reconfiguring Central Avenue into a two-way avenue involving Eighth and Ninth streets is section of the remaining section of the multi-year, multi-million-dollar Causeway task.
Other enhancements to the roadways contain widening the streets by 13 toes to supply for an extra lane of website traffic, an added 3 feet for the inside of shoulder and a new 8-foot-broader shoulder, according to DOT officials.
Five site visitors alerts will be reconstructed, and a new sign is predicted to be installed at Eighth Street in which it intersects with Lengthy Seaside Boulevard.
The project also calls for new sidewalks to be constructed on Ship Base roadways impacted by the do the job. Individuals sidewalks will be linked to a new sidewalk mounted alongside the Causeway for continuous pedestrian entry involving Stafford Township and LBI, a stroll of just above 2 miles.
Transportation officers explained all lanes of website traffic will be managed in the course of the summer season period from mid-May well via mid-September, but design could effects peak off-season travel. If that transpires, one particular lane in every direction will be preserved on and off the Island.
“There are no modifications in the final configuration for Dunkin’ Donuts’ driveways on Eighth or Ninth streets,” Schapiro claimed when questioned about strategies for the entrance off Ninth Avenue. Dunkin’ Donuts is found just west of the Barnegat Avenue traffic sign on Ninth Avenue.
Final fall, in regard to the sidewalk and driveway into Dunkin’ Donuts, the last stage of the Causeway task called for the driveway entrance off Ninth Street to be widened by about a foot to satisfy the State Freeway Entry Administration Code, he mentioned. Ninth Street is the primary ingress on to Prolonged Seashore Island.
The code regulates highway entry permits and rights of way for persons looking for new access, modifying current accessibility or renovating existing accessibility, as nicely as for telecommunication carriers in search of tower web-sites, in accordance to the DOT’s net web page committed to the regulation.
“The control, sidewalk and striping close to the driveway at Dunkin’ Donuts that are disturbed by the get the job done will be changed in kind,” Schapiro said.
Perform on growing and rehabbing the Causeway commenced in 2013. It’s envisioned to keep on by means of 2024.
The precise timing of the future projects is issue to alter thanks to weather or other factors. Motorists are inspired to check the DOT’s traffic facts web site, 511nj.org, for development updates and true-time journey updates.
— Gina G. Scala