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State Plans $350 Million Project for Causeway Bridge

Causeway project 'exemplifies what we are aiming for when it comes to rebuilding in the aftermath of Sandy.'

State officials announced a $350 million project that will rehabilitate the causeway bridge that connects Manahwkin to Long Beach Island.

“The Manahawkin Bay Causeway project exemplifies what we are aiming for when it comes to rebuilding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy – moving quickly to restore what was lost and to do so in a manner that will be stronger, more lasting, and better serve our residents,” said Acting Governor Kim Guadagno, in a prepared statement. “Our objective throughout the state is to not merely replace what was damaged, but to build it better and stronger. That can mean a different design, construction method or some other element that builds in resiliency, protects our investments and preserves mobility and public safety.”

The project will include building a new bridge parallel to the existing one while making improvements on the current bridge.

“Long Beach Island is an iconic Jersey Shore vacation destination that brings enjoyment to hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors every summer,” said NJDOT Commissioner Jim Simpson, in the statement. “Our investment in this project will strengthen the causeway’s critical role as the only Coastal Evacuation Route for Long Beach Island. It will enhance safe and convenient access not just for motorists, but for all users of the roadway.”

Commissioner Simpson noted that other amenities will provide recreational opportunities along the causeway, which touches down on four small islands – Mallard Island, an unnamed man-made island, Bonnet Island and Cedar Bonnet Island – between Stafford and Ship Bottom. 

Six parking lots are slated to be built along the causeway, providing access for walking, fishing or crabbing. The project also calls for improvements to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Bonnet Island.  

The work may be completed by 2020. 

Bc January 31, 2013 at 03:22 PM
That's a better idea (mr Henry) a bridge in the beach haven area would do more than building one parallel to the current bottleneck.
H. Martin Grasmeder January 31, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I agree with W. Kain! Is that where my FEMA Claim money is going?? Mart G. (BHW)
Dave E January 31, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I attended a presentation the State put on back in 2004- at that time the expected cost of the bridge was $260 million. Increased by $90 mil over that time. While I agree that a second bridge should be pursued at a different location,; but good luck getting the DEP to permit invading the bay to permit a bridge in a different location . even if so, that does not address the fact that the current bridge is structurally deficient. Has anyone ever watched the trucks doing patchwork every spring. The bridge money is not coming from FEMA but it seems the timing of this announcement is a little suspicious.
Resident of Lacey January 31, 2013 at 10:34 PM
It also may be done sooner or later...
HJS March 18, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Years ago a bridge from tuckerton to Beach haven was talked about Put the BHers did not like it Also a bridge in Barneget Light The Lady's of Harvey cedar didn't like it

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