‘TO GET Right here FROM THERE’: Gov. Phil Murphy (left) traveled above the Manahawkin Bay Bridge on April 25 to be part of Stafford Township Mayor Gregory Myhre (heart), Ship Base Mayor William Huelsenbeck and some others to commemorate the start off of the past element of the bridge task. (Photo by Jack Reynolds)
“Somehow,” claimed Gov. Phil Murphy as he resolved a compact group assembled at the boat ramp in Ship Bottom previous Friday, April 25, “all roadways in New Jersey lead to the Jersey Shore.” The governor traveled across the The Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge – much more familiarly recognised as the Manahawkin Bay Bridge, or the Causeway Bridge – to join Ship Base Mayor William Huelsenbeck, Stafford Township Mayor Gregory Myhre, point out Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and President and CEO of Pepco Holdings at Exelon David Velazquez to commemorate the start out of the closing period of the bridge undertaking.
“This is a good day,” reported Huelsenbeck, who launched Murphy right after pointing out the relevance of getting ready “to get right here from there.”
“These spans,” Myhre mentioned, “are the only connections involving LBI and the mainland. … This bridge has been linking our communities for a long time.”
The $312 million job, begun in 2013, involved development of a new framework parallel to and south of the existing Manahawkin Bay Bridge rehabilitation of the existing Manahawkin Bay Bridge and the renovation of three trestle bridges around Hilliards Thorofare, East Thorofare and West Thorofare.
Other parts of the task, as the DOT clarifies on its web-site, condition.nj.us, included: a 6-foot-huge sidewalk on the westbound (north) side of Route 72, with connections to communities and details of curiosity on the south side of the roadway bicycle lodging, including wider exterior shoulders on the twin Manahawkin Bay Bridges and 6-foot-extensive bike lanes on the trestle bridges enhancements to the intersection of Route 72 and Marsha Travel in Stafford to alleviate seasonal traffic delays and intersection improvements in Ship Base to aid visitors circulation for both of those north and south website traffic on LBI, and along Eighth and Ninth streets, as well as drainage perform.
The DOT and its contractor companions also carried out “environmental mitigations which includes wetland creation, mitigation for freshwater wetlands and retrofit of two present stormwater basins inside of the Barnegat Bay watershed and general public obtain advancements.”
This closing chapter of the project involves work to minimize congestion at the intersection of Marsha Push and Route 72 in Stafford, and in Ship Bottom, the place roughly 3,000 feet of Route 72, as properly as Barnegat Avenue, Central Avenue and Prolonged Seaside Boulevard, will be widened. Two-way site visitors will be set up where the website traffic is presently only a single-way on the Boulevard and Central Avenue in Ship Bottom, and new targeted traffic signals will be put in.
Stafford will also see a new storm drainage technique and outfalls designed to lower repeated flooding along Route 72.
“With new lanes that will be created at-quality and drainage and other enhancements that will be built underground, the entirety of this venture is element-and-parcel of our total aim of ensuring the protected, modern day and resilient infrastructure that our condition wants,” Murphy claimed in a assertion.
Predicted completion of the venture is December 2024.
“We take pleasure in the improvements that the NJDOT has produced in Stafford Township around the past various many years,” Myhre remarked, describing the general objective of the project as “ensuring safe, modern-day and resilient infrastructure.
“All of this matters to the long term of our point out,” he extra.
Myhre thanked all those who have labored on the task considering the fact that its commence, as very well as the year-round residents for their tolerance as the operate has progressed.
As Gutierrez-Scaccetti remarked, construction ongoing for the duration of winter climate and the pandemic, as the DOT group and its contractor partners worked tirelessly towards completion “so individuals can dwell, perform and trip in a spot like Long Seashore Island.”
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch