Weekday Single-Lane Closures Expected
Both lanes of the reconstructed Causeway are open to traffic, but single-lane closures will periodically occur until the unofficial start of the summer season next month, state Department of Transportation officials said. The single-lane closures will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for final paving and are expected to occur over the next month, according to the DOT. Two lanes of westbound traffic are expected to be open on the Old Causeway Bridge on weekends.
Paving is slated for completion before Memorial Day weekend, and two lanes of traffic in each direction should be opened to motorists for the summer season, transportation officials said.
Work began in 2013 and is expected to continue through 2021. The next major piece of the project, expected to begin in 2020, will address safety and operational issues at the Route 72/Marsha Drive intersection in Stafford Township, and operational and drainage improvements in Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island.
The final phase of work also calls for the Causeway circle to become a square in Ship Bottom. The Arlington Beach Club condo complex, at the site of what once was a gas station, 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. Traffic signals along Eighth and Ninth streets, which are the roads on and off the barrier island, will also be improved during this phase, according to the DOT.
The precise timing of work for both projects is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check the DOT’s traffic information website, 511nj.org, for construction updates and real-time travel information, and for DOT news on Twitter @NJDOT_info.