Causeway Traffic Pattern Changes Begin– Again – Oct. 8

Oct 05, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Traffic on the Causeway to Long Beach Island will be shifted once again as state Department of Transportation contractors move construction barriers and restripe the roadway.The new traffic pattern will move traffic from the south side to the north side of the Hilliards Thorofare Bridge beginning Sunday, Oct. 7.

It’s anticipated the shift will be complete by Monday, Oct. 8, and remain in effect until next summer. The new traffic pattern will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction through the work zone, permitting the reconstruction of the southern side of the trestle bridge, according to DOT officials.

Work on the $312 million Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project began in 2013 and is expected to continue through 2021. The 3-mile-long causeway links Stafford on the mainland with Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island.

As part of the project, a new bridge was constructed parallel to the existing one over Manahawkin Bay, to provide the safety of a redundant route on or off the Island. The new bridge is 2,400 feet long with a vertical clearance of 55 feet over Manahawkin Bay. It currently has two lanes in each direction while the original Causeway Bridge is being rehabilitated.

Ultimately, it will function as the bridge for eastbound traffic once the project is completed, with the rehabilitated original bridge carrying westbound traffic. For more information NJDOT developed a project-specific website., state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/rte72manahawkinbaybridges/.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check the DOT’s traffic information website, 511nj.org, for construction updates and real-time travel information, and for DOT news, Twitter @NJDOT_info.  —G.G.S.

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