STAFFORD, NJ -  The NJ Department of Transportation recently announced that traffic is being shifted to the north side of the easternmost thorofare bridge of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project.  This shift will be to allow for the reconstruction of the south side of the trestle bridge, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

The new traffic pattern on the Hilliard’s Thorofare Bridge will remain in place until late summer. Two lanes of traffic in each direction are expected to be maintained throughout the work zone.

Schiavone Construction Company began the traffic shift two weeks ago.   The construction on the LBI Causeway bridges is expected to be completed in 2020.  This huge project began in 2013. The 3-mile-long Causeway links Stafford Township on the mainland with Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island.

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The new bridge on the south has been completed and for now all four lanes (two in each direction) on this new bridge is the main way on and off of Long Beach Island.  The new bridge is 2,400 feet long with a vertical clearance of 55 feet over Manahawkin Bay is parallel to the previously existing bridge over the bay.  

The previously existing bridge is currently being rehabilitated. The new bridge will ultimately carry eastbound traffic, and westbound traffic will be carried over the rehabilitated bridge. 

There are often times where the traffic reduces to one lane in each direction.  Drivers are encouraged to always drive with caution especially since construction is ongoing.