Work on Thorofare and Manahawkin bridges done ahead of time
Good news for Jersey Shore drivers.
The NJ DOT says emergency construction work on the Route 72 Thorofare Bridge is done a week ahead of time.
The work forced single lane closures so crews could stabilize slopes with steel near the west Thorofare Bridge for the project on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges between Cedar Bonnet Island and Bonnet Island in Stafford.
Emergency work took about three weeks instead of four on a project that began on June 4 and running every Monday thru Thursday between 7:00 and 9:00 am.
Week two featured a single lane closure eastbound, this week it was westbound.
However, DOT officials says some remaining sheeting work is required, but it can be performed off the road and will have no impact on traffic.
Work on the $312,000,000.00 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 has been constructed parallel to the existing one over Manahawkin Bay, providing 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.
It'll eventually function as the bridge for eastbound traffic once the project is completed, with the rehabilitated original bridge carrying westbound traffic.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
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