STAFFORD — Officials reopened the second lane of Route 72 westbound on the repaired Old Causeway Bridge this past week.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation's statement said that although the lane is reopened, it's contractor will occasionally close a single lane for final paving. That will take place over the next month from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, according to officials. 

Officials will have the two lanes of westbound traffic open weekends. Eastbound traffic will remain on the New Causeway Bridge, and the NJDOT expects paving to be complete with the normal two lanes of traffic in each direction before Memorial Day.