Dunkin’ Donuts Driveway Changes Part of Final Phase of Causeway Project

(Picture by Ryan Morrill)
Obtain to Dunkin’ Donuts off Ninth Street in Ship Bottom will be reconfigured in the course of the last period of the $312 million federally funded Causeway growth and rehabilitation venture, which will also deal with easement issues at the entrance to Extended Beach Island where by Hotel LBI is found.  
Steve Schapiro, deputy communications director for the condition Division of Transportation, said the sidewalk and driveway into Dunkin’ Donuts, situated just west of the Barnegat Avenue targeted visitors signal, will be reconstructed as section of the challenge to widen the driveway.  The challenge phone calls for the driveway entrance off Ninth Road, the main ingress on to Lengthy Seaside Island, to be widened by about a foot to meet the New Jersey Point out Highway Entry Management Code, he claimed.  
The code regulates freeway accessibility permits and rights of way for folks searching for new accessibility, modifying present obtain, renovating present obtain, and telecommunication carriers searching for look for for tower web-sites, according to the DOT’s web web site devoted to the regulation. 
Schapiro mentioned the price of the driveway modification is involved in the general cost of the DOT undertaking, which is also producing advancements to Ninth Avenue, mainly because “it is an existing driveway that is impacted by the work we are carrying out.” 
If there have been no DOT venture on Ninth Road, the home owner would be responsible for any driveway enhancements, he extra.  
Also, Schapiro stated, the DOT is also working with Ship Base to settle any ideal-of-way concerns pertaining to the unresolved Causeway encroachment worry at the west side of the Hotel LBI residence.  
It is been practically 18 months since the problem first came to mild for the duration of a Ship Base Land Use Evaluate Board meeting where by it was famous the proprietor and developer of Baldwin Residence LLC, investing as Hotel LBI, was however awaiting a reaction from the DOT with regards to the issue. At that time, Frank Very little, borough engineer, stated if the DOT didn’t approve the do the job or answer, the entrance would have to be taken down fully.  
When asked about the correct of way problem then, Schapiro reported the difficulty would be tackled throughout the final section of the Causeway job. The final two contracts of the multi-yr project are slated to go out to bid future month with work commencing at the intersection of Marsha Push and Route 72 in Stafford Township getting executed prior to operate in Ship Base.  
The Marsha Travel intersection advancements will be done in levels. To start off, function alongside Route 72 will be in the shoulder regions of the present roadway with no improvements to the site visitors sample. The next phase will have a get the job done zone in the median area with the regular two lanes of site visitors on either side, and the remaining stage will change site visitors onto the recently manufactured roadway in the median region to make it possible for operate on the sides.  
The final phase of the Causeway rehab and expansion undertaking entails improvements to Eighth and Ninth streets as nicely as their three crossroads: Barnegat and Central avenues and Prolonged Seaside Boulevard. Approximately 3,000 feet of Eighth and Ninth streets will be widened. The reconfiguration of the Causeway circle into a sq. incorporates a north/south visitors movement the duration of both of those Extended Beach front Boulevard and Central Avenue. The Arlington Seaside Club condominium complicated marks the place the place the work zone is located.    
Central Avenue is currently a one particular-way road southbound between Third and 11th streets before motorists occur to the targeted traffic circle. It’s this region that will be turned into a two-way avenue. Remaining turns at Central Avenue will be prohibited at the intersections with Eighth and Ninth streets. Other advancements to the roadways include things like widening the streets by 13 feet to offer for an further lane of website traffic, an supplemental 3 ft for the inside of shoulder and a new 8-foot-broader shoulder, according to DOT officials.    
5 site visitors indicators will be reconstructed, and a new signal is anticipated to be put in at Eighth Street where it intersects with the Boulevard. Furthermore, a new storm drainage system and new outfalls will be installed in an effort to reduce regular flooding along Route 72 and these intersections.  
The final section of the Causeway job also incorporates a system for a walkway that will enable Cedar Bonnet Island citizens a harmless way to accessibility new sidewalks on the north aspect of the rebuilt previous Causeway for inhabitants residing on the south side of the sedge island. 
Condition transportation and environmental officers are currently examining a plan to reach that, in accordance to Schapiro. After authorised, the DOT would construct the sidewalk, he stated. 
For as very long as everyone can recall, inhabitants who wished to accessibility the walkway from the south facet of Cedar Bonnet Island experienced to wander in the sole website traffic lane of the narrow, two-way tunnel road that goes underneath the Causeway. There are two visitors signals, 1 for motorists and just one for pedestrians/bicyclists, at the north close by the Dutchman’s Restaurant and on the south stop in close proximity to the front yard of a Cedar Bonnet Island home. The site visitors sign intervals are so extended that some motorists and pedestrians/bicyclists go versus the gentle and appear encounter-to-face with oncoming traffic that does have the environmentally friendly gentle. 
— Gina G. Scala

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