DOT Hosting Official Ceremony to Mark Reopening of Causeway on May 22

By GINA G. SCALA | May 21, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Stafford Township — While federal, state and local officials gather for the Causeway rehabilitation and expansion ribbon cutting on May 22 marking the official reopening of the only entrance and exit road to Long Beach Island, there are few who will be happier about the ceremony than local residents and workers who have waited nearly six years for the project to get to this point.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the west end of East Bay Avenue in Stafford Township. Guests include Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, state Department of Transportation commissioner; Robert Clark, federal highway administration division administrator; 9th District legislators Sen. Christopher J. Connors and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove; and Stafford Township Mayor Gregory Myhre.

Parking for the event is at the Ship Bottom municipal boat ramp, West 10th Street and Shore Avenue. Shuttle buses will provide transportation to and from the event site.

Work on the $312 million federally funded expansion and rehabilitation project began in 2013 and is expected to continue through 2021. The Causeway, a 3-mile stretch connecting the mainland, Stafford Township, to Long Beach Island, entails one big bridge to carry traffic west, or off the Island, and another bridge to flow eastward. The new bridge, south of the old one, is 2,400 feet long with a vertical clearance of 55 feet above Manahawkin Bay.

The final phase calls for the reconfiguration of the Causeway circle into a square in Ship Bottom. The Arlington Beach Club condo complex marks the area in question. The work zone is located along the western property line of the complex and Long Beach Boulevard, the main thoroughfare on LBI. —G.G.S.

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