NJDOT reaches milestone in causeway project

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OC CAPTION bridge 1214 The Ninth Street Bridge was nearly demolished by Dec. 12.

TRENTON — The Ninth Street Bridge is no more. New Jersey Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday, Dec. 14 that a milestone is expected to be reached Thursday on the new Route 52 causeway linking Somers Point and Ocean City.

NJDOT is scheduled to open the southbound half of the new fixed bridge over Ship Channel at the Somers Point end of the causeway on the morning Dec. 15.

The opening of this bridge will, for the first time, place two-way traffic – one-lane in each direction – on the south side of the causeway from the intersection of Shore Road and Mays Landing Road in Somers Point to Bay Avenue in Ocean City.

At each end of the causeway, the old lift bridges will be demolished to clear the way for crews to build the final two fixed-span bridges to complete the entire causeway in both directions. Under a restructured contract, the causeway fixed bridges are scheduled for completion by Memorial Day 2012.

At that time, the new causeway is expected to be fully opened with two newly constructed travel lanes in each direction.

The causeway handles up 40,000 motorists trips during peak travel days in the summer. Construction on the Route 52 Causeway Replacement Project began in October 2006, with a $145 million contract to replace the middle 1.2 miles of the 76-year-old causeway from Elbow Island to Garret’s Island. Work was completed in the summer of 2009.

The current $251 million contract to complete the causeway and replace two lift bridges began in September 2009.

The southbound half of the new fixed-span bridge over Beach Thorofare into Ocean City was opened in May 2011.

Work on the Welcome Center, fishing piers and other amenities will be completed by the end of 2012, with minimal impact to motorists on the causeway.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.


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