Construction Progresses in Multiple Areas of Route 72 Bridges Project
Construction is ramping up on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, as a few jobs need to be completed before crews can begin the rehabilitation of the old bridge. Motorists have most likely noticed that work has started to advance in multiple locations along the project area.
Crews are conducting scour countermeasures on the Hilliard’s Thorofare Bridge, closest to Stafford Township, and the West Thorofare Bridge, between Cedar Bonnet and Bonnet islands, according to Kevin Israel, a DOT spokesman. Preliminary drainage and outfall relocation is also being carried out, and barrier curbs and crash attenuators on Route 72 East have been installed, he noted.
Crews are preparing to shift traffic on both the south and north sides of the Hilliard’s Thorofare Bridge to create working room for the removal of the existing center median barrier. Once the barrier is removed and the deck is repaired, traffic will shift to the north side of Hilliard’s Thorofare and demolition of the southern portion of the bridge will begin. Two divided lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout the work zone, with daily lane closures as needed, said Israel.
On the north side of the East (nearest to Ship Bottom) and West Thorofare bridges, deck repairs have been completed and the existing latex riding surface has been removed.
“Currently, we await a period of suitable temperature and weather as is needed to install the new PPC overlay riding surface on the north side, westbound bridge lanes,” Israel stated.
Once the new overlay is installed, he noted, the traffic configuration dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes will be shifted with the newly constructed center median barrier.
“As the work schedule evolves, the public will be updated accordingly,” Israel assured. —K.A.E.