Work Continues On Bridge Construction With “String Of Pearls” Updates

The Route 72 Causeway Bridge (Photo by Daniel Nee, ShoreBeat)

MANAHAWKIN – Motorists crossing over the Causeway should expect to see lane closures as work on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge project continues, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

One lane in each direction on the bridge will be closed beginning in October to accommodate continued construction and work on the new “String of Pearls,” stated Dan Triana of NJDOT. These lane closures will persist until spring.

Work on this portion of the project will include the installation of new deck joints, repairs to the bridge deck, new roadway surface, and lighting work.

NJDOT reported that the new deck installation on the old Causeway was recently completed; the pouring of the new parapets should be complete by the end of the year.

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Photo by Kimberly Bosco

The lighting work will include the addition of LED lights to the original “String of Pearls.” This work can begin once the work on the parapets is far enough along for the electrical contractor to mobilize, stated Triana.

NJDOT has already installed most of the sidewalk and fencing on both the East and West Thorofare bridges. Work on the handrails for the sidewalks is expected to be completed soon as well.

Construction for the entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

The timing of the work is subject to change. Motorists can visit 511nj.org for construction updates and travel information.