Final Phase of Causeway Project Could Begin This Fall in Ship Bottom

Light-weight IT UP: The remaining period of the Causeway rehab project is established to start this slide on LBI. For now, it’s the backdrop for some colorful art. (Image by Ryan Morrill)
Street operate on Ninth Street in Ship Base supposed to quit for the summer a couple of months in the past was permitted to continue following officials realized it would be fully finished this month, enabling the point out Department of Transportation to start the last stage of the Causeway undertaking in the borough this drop.
“It presents them a likelihood to get in September/October as extensive as the gasoline and electrical companies cooperate and get their perform accomplished,” Mayor William Huelsenbeck stated. “Why that is important is the state has a a few-12 months challenge coming in. They work in the summer months. There’s no question.”
If everything goes as prepared, the point out contractor could get started laying a large pipe from the bay to Prolonged Seaside Boulevard in the slide.
“It requires 9 months to put in,” Huelsenbeck mentioned, introducing the before that piece of the project begins, the considerably less chance it will operate into the 2022 summer year and prompt the closure of Ninth Avenue. “Hopefully, which is going to perform. That is the program for us and the point out.”
He reported the state will probably have to establish detours in the starting of the pipe challenge, “but they will transfer by means of it rather quick.”
As the borough’s h2o and sewer task wraps up for the summer, Councilman Robert Butkus has alternated what roadways have been impacted “so we can do what requires to get done and maintain it (disruption) to a least,” Huelsenbeck claimed. Butkus chairs the h2o and sewer committee for the borough.
The get the job done is all component of the federally funded, multi-calendar year $312 million Causeway expansion and rehab project that started in 2013. It’s envisioned to go on by way of 2024.
The whole scope of the remaining section of the Causeway job in Ship Base contains producing Central Avenue, now a one particular-way highway southbound amongst 3rd and 11th streets, into a two-way road. Left 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 present for an more lane of traffic, an additional 3 ft for the within shoulder and a new 8-foot-broader shoulder, according to DOT officers.
Five website traffic signals will be reconstructed, and a new sign is envisioned to be installed at Eighth Road exactly where it intersects with the Boulevard. Furthermore, a new storm drainage program and new outfalls will be set up in an work to reduce frequent flooding along Route 72 and these intersections.
The project also calls for new sidewalks to be designed on Ship Bottom roads impacted by the do the job. Individuals sidewalks will be linked to a new sidewalk set up alongside the Causeway for constant pedestrian entry between Stafford Township and LBI, a walk of just about 2 miles.
Transportation officials said all lanes of visitors will be preserved through the summer months time from mid-May possibly by means of mid-September, but building could impression peak off-season travel. If that transpires, a single lane in each and every direction will be maintained on and off LBI.
The exact timing of the forthcoming projects is subject matter to change owing to climate or other elements. Motorists are inspired to examine the DOT website traffic information web page,, for design updates and true-time vacation updates.
— Gina G. Scala

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