STAFFORD - The summer has come and gone. LBI bridge construction will be with us for awhile. You may have noticed that a shift in traffic patterns are in effect on the LBI Causeway bridge.
The work is part of the $350 million Route 72 Manahawkin Bay bridge project,The target completion date for the entire undertaking is spring 2020, but the exact ending date of the extensive project will come down to weather and other outside influences. In the end, the 3-mile stretch connecting the mainland, Stafford Township, to Long Beach Island will entail one bridge to carry traffic west, or off the Island, and another bridge to flow eastward. The new bridge is 2,400 feet long with a vertical clearance of 55 feet above the Manahawkin Bay.
The finished project will also include bicycle lanes, including wider outside shoulders on the twin Manahawkin Bay bridges, and 6-foot bike lanes on the trestle bridges.
“The older bridge currently undergoing construction will be completely restored. The new configuration will allow bicyclists to come off the bridge by the Ship Bottom boat ramp and head north to Surf City without crossing traffic on Eighth or Ninth streets. Guardrails will also block bicyclists from entering traffic lanes on the bridges
There will be traffic enhancements in Ship Bottom Borough to assist in traffic flow.
The State Department of Transportation announced recently that the contractors were readying to install new drainage pipe pipes. These are expected to help in the drainage problems in Ship Bottom . A new drainage line at the end of Third Street in Ship Bottom will be positioned to help alleviate some of the flooding that occurs in the area after heavy rains, according to the DOT. This month there will be the contractors are scheduled to work on installing new retaining walls, which assist in stabilizing the areas around the bridge.