DOT Launches Online Forum for Final Phase of Causeway Project

(Photograph by Jack Reynolds)
For the subsequent two months, the point out Department of Transportation will host a virtual general public details middle on the closing period of the $312 million federally funded Causeway rehab and expansion venture to Extensive Seaside Island. Citizens and organization house owners are inspired to supply comment by mail or e mail.
The community facts center,, is currently being held on the net due to the COVID-19 outbreak, condition transportation officers mentioned in a flier that outlines the final stage of the job. Shows and exhibits for evaluate by the general public will be obtainable commencing the 7 days of Feb. 22 by way of March 8.
Condition transportation officers said the total function of the multi-year challenge “is to keep the Route 72 bridges and strategy roadways in superior situation so they can offer continual, successful vehicular accessibility to the Extensive Beach front Island communities, make operational and protection advancements and preserve a suitable coastal evacuation egress.”
In November, the DOT awarded a extra than $30 million contract to C.J. Hesse for the last stage of the project. The Hesse bid came in at about $33.7 million. It’s the initial contract awarded to the Atlantic Highlands-primarily based typical contracting business for this task, he stated. The corporation has done other do the job for the DOT, according to its web-site. Other shoppers for C.J. Hesse consist of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the Federal Aviation Administration and county and municipal governments.
The closing period of the Causeway project is expected to commence in the spring with improvements to the intersection of Marsha Drive and Route 72 in Stafford Township. The get the job done will be carried out in phases, in accordance to condition transportation officers. To begin, operate together Route 72 will be in the shoulder areas of the current roadway with no variations to the site visitors pattern. The second stage will have a get the job done zone in the median place with the usual two lanes of traffic on possibly aspect, and the ultimate phase will shift targeted traffic onto the recently built roadway in the median region to let do the job on the sides.
On LBI, the ultimate section involves a big overhaul of the Causeway circle, exactly where Route 72 East and West intersect with Very long Seashore Boulevard. The circle will be reconfigured into a D-condition roadway with north and south site visitors on the Boulevard. At this time, it is northbound-only targeted visitors in the vicinity of the former CVS and the Arlington Beach front Club condos.
5 traffic signals will be reconstructed, and a new signal is envisioned to be installed at Eighth Avenue in which it intersects with the Boulevard. In addition, a new storm drainage program and new outfalls will be put in in an energy to reduce repeated flooding alongside Route 72 and these intersections.
Central Avenue, at this time a one particular-way street southbound concerning 3rd and 11th streets, will be converted to a two-way road. Remaining turns at Central Avenue will be prohibited at the intersections with Eighth and Ninth streets. Other enhancements to the roadways involve widening the streets by 13 feet to provide for an more lane of website traffic, an more 3 feet for the within shoulder and a new 8-foot-broader shoulder, in accordance to DOT officers.
The challenge also phone calls for new sidewalks to be created on Ship Bottom streets impacted by the operate. Individuals sidewalks will be related to a new sidewalk put in together the Causeway for steady pedestrian access from Stafford Township to LBI, a walk of just around 2 miles across five bridges.
And finally, the project will tackle accessibility to the Dunkin’ Donuts off Ninth Avenue, the key ingress onto LBI, to be widened about a foot to meet up with the New Jersey Highway Access Administration Code, transportation officers have reported.
The code regulates highway entry permits and legal rights of way for men and women or entities seeking new entry, modifying current entry, renovating current obtain, and telecommunication carriers in search of approval for tower web pages, according to the DOT’s website website page committed to the regulation.
Furthermore, the DOT is also doing work with Ship Base to settle any ideal-of-way issues pertaining to the unresolved Causeway encroachment problem at the west facet of the Lodge LBI assets.
Transportation officers explained all lanes of traffic will be preserved for the duration of the summer time period from mid-May possibly by way of mid-September, but construction could affect peak off-year travel. If that takes place, one particular lane in each individual direction will be maintained on and off LBI. Function on growing and rehabbing the Causeway started in 2013. It’s anticipated to keep on by way of 2024.
The precise timing of the forthcoming assignments is topic to change owing to temperature or other elements. Motorists are encouraged to examine the DOT’ targeted visitors details web-site,, for design updates and actual-time vacation updates.
— Gina G. Scala

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