For Cedar Bonnet Island Pedestrians
Gina G. Scala
October 09, 2020
By Gina G. Scala
(Photo by Ryan Morrill)
Environmental and transportation officers are reviewing a plan for a walkway that will permit Cedar Bonnet Island citizens a harmless way to obtain new sidewalks on the north side of the rebuilt aged Causeway for people residing on the south aspect of the sedge island.
After accredited, the N.J. Department of Transportation will build the sidewalk, in accordance to Steve Schapiro, DOT deputy director of communications.
For as lengthy as everyone can keep in mind, inhabitants who wished to obtain the walkway from the south facet of Cedar Bonnet Island had to wander in the sole traffic lane of the slim, two-way tunnel street that goes beneath the Causeway. There are two website traffic alerts, a single for motorists and 1 for pedestrians/bicyclists, at the north conclude by the Dutchman’s Restaurant and on the south conclusion around the entrance lawn of a Cedar Bonnet Island home. The traffic signal intervals are so long that some motorists and pedestrians/bicyclists go towards the mild and appear face-to-face with oncoming site visitors that does have the eco-friendly light-weight.
The new sidewalk is component of the last phase of the $312 federally funded enhancement venture of the Route 72 Causeway to Extended Beach front Island. Schapiro stated the project contracts are to go to bid upcoming thirty day period. Agreement 1A addresses the protection and operational variations at the Route 72/Marsha Generate intersection. Agreement 1B will reconfigure the Causeway circle in Ship Base, in which the state highway intersects with Prolonged Beach front Boulevard.
Before this year, Schapiro said advancements to the Marsha Drive intersection had been envisioned to commence this drop. It is unclear if the pandemic has delayed the start off time for the job.
The Marsha Travel intersection advancements will be done in stages. To start out, get the job done together Route 72 will be in the shoulder spots of the current roadway with no variations to the site visitors pattern. The second phase will have a operate zone in the median location with the standard two lanes of visitors on either facet, and the closing stage will shift site visitors onto the recently manufactured roadway in the median place to let perform on the sides.
Operate on expanding and rehabbing the Causeway started in 2013. It’s predicted to proceed by 2022.
Deal 4 of the project, the completed reconstruction of the previous Causeway bay bridge from a 4-lane east/west street system into a two-lane westbound-only roadway, is between finalists for the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards competition. The winner is envisioned to be introduced subsequent thirty day period. Work on that contract began in 2016 and concluded in 2019, a 12 months in advance of program.
The exact timing of the impending projects is subject to adjust due to climate or other things. Motorists are encouraged to check out the DOT’s traffic details website, 511nj.org, for design updates and actual-time vacation updates.
— Gina G. Scala