STAFFORD- The brand new Cedar Bonnet Island Environment Trail is now open for the public to enjoy. It was officially opened by state, federal and local officials on June 27.
The property was purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the early 1990's. When the state purchased it, the site was a place that dredge spoils were deposited when boat channels were being dredged.
Now the site is complete and open for all to enjoy.
The work is part of the $9.6 million dollar renovation of the former landfill. The environmental mitigation of the site is part of the $312 million federally funded Causeway bridge expansion and rehabilitation project. The project connects and improves the 3 mile Route 72 from Stafford to Ship Bottom on the Island.
The new bridge has been constructed and is complete. It currently has 2 lanes in each direction.
The original bridge to the north is being rehabilitated. The bridge currently under construction will be the westbound bridge. The new bridge currently carrying vehicles in both directions will function as the eastbound connector to LBI.
The Cedar Bonnet Island Trail includes a 1 one mile walking path. There are a number of benches to rest on. There are two gazebos with picnic tables with great views of Barnegat Bay, the Causeway bridges and Long Beach Island.
Just east of the entrance is a parking area which can hold about ten vehicles. If you go visit, plan to bring comfortable shoes because there is a lot of healthy walking involved on this property.
Also, anything brought onto the site, must leave with the visitors. There are not trash cans on the property.