Old Causeway Bridge Rehab Wins Regional Quality of Life Award


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Increasing a 3-mile stretch of Route 72 from Marsha Generate in Stafford Township to Extended Beach front Boulevard in Ship Base is one of two state projects regarded as regional winners in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards Opposition. The other award is for a project in North Jersey.  
Regionally, the profitable challenge is Contract 4 of a $312 million federally funded advancement challenge focusing on the Causeway to Extensive Beach front Island. Less than the $91 million contract, George Harms  Building Co., the state Department of Transportation contractor, reconstructed the previous Causeway Bridge, turning it from a 4-lane east/west street method into westbound travel only. Get the job done began in 2016 and was done in 2019, a calendar year in advance of agenda. 
The venture was named greatest quality of everyday living/neighborhood growth in the medium category for the America’s Transportation Awards contest, in accordance to condition transportation officers. 
“These awards realize the fantastic endeavours of the gentlemen and gals of the New Jersey Office of Transportation and our contractors to supply assignments that create safer roadways and enrich our communities,” mentioned Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, state DOT commissioner. “These assignments demonstrate how New Jersey is primary the way in offering transportation jobs that boost our infrastructure and improve the high quality of daily life in our point out.” 
The contest is sponsored by the American Association of State Freeway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The 12 regional winners will compete for the Countrywide Grand Prize, the People’s Choice Award, and $10,000 in dollars awards that will be provided by the winners to a transportation-associated charity or scholarship method of their picking out.  
In 2013, the job to increase and rehab the Causeway commenced. It’s been labored by way of a sequence of 5 contracts. Four of the five contracts are complete. The final agreement is predicted to start out this drop with a 2022 completion day.  
The final stage is twofold, with do the job on each sides of the Causeway. In Stafford Township, a 3rd lane will be extra to Route 72 in each and every way for a minimal length to help extra vehicles get by the website traffic signal at Marsha Travel, and Marsha Generate will be reconfigured to give double still left-transform lanes on to Route 72.  There are no strategies to make any streets 1-way.  
The Marsha Generate intersection improvements will be finished in stages. To commence, get the job done together Route 72 will be in the shoulder locations of the current roadway with no modifications to the site visitors sample. The second stage will have a do the job zone in the median area with the usual two lanes of targeted traffic on possibly aspect, and the ultimate phase will change traffic on to the newly made roadway in the median spot to let do the job on the sides.  
The bulk of the perform in Ship Base will involve Eighth and Ninth streets as perfectly as their 3 crossroads: Barnegat and Central avenues and Lengthy Beach Boulevard. Approximately 3,000 toes of Eighth and Ninth streets will be widened, DOT Communications Director Stephen Schapiro mentioned. The reconfiguration of the Causeway circle into a square involves a north/south site visitors flow the length of Very long Beach front Boulevard and Central Avenue. The Arlington Seaside Club condominium elaborate marks the location where the perform zone is situated.  
Central Avenue is now a a person-way road southbound among 3rd and 11th streets in advance of motorists appear to the website traffic circle. It’s this spot that would be turned into 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 include widening the streets by 13 feet to offer for an further lane of visitors, an more 3 ft for the inside shoulder and a new 8-foot-wider shoulder, according to DOT officers.  
Five website traffic alerts will be reconstructed, and a new signal is anticipated to be installed at Eighth Road where it intersects with the Boulevard. Also, a new storm drainage process and new outfalls will be put in in an work to lessen regular flooding alongside Route 72 and these intersections.
The quality of everyday living award marks the second time the Causeway job has garnered countrywide recognition. In 2019, the Cedar Bonnet Island Habitat Restoration and Management Program been given the Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award. The DOT, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, developed an environmental trail supplying the initial community access to the Edwin B. Forsythe Countrywide Wildlife Refuge on Bonnet Island, and employed an modern solution to assistance boost Barnegat Bay water top quality while assembly DEP stormwater management principles. 
Motorists are encouraged to check out the DOT’s targeted traffic information and facts internet site, 511nj.org, for development updates and serious-time vacation data, and for DOT news on Twitter @NJDOT_info. 
— Gina G. Scala 
ggscala@thesandpaper.net 

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