Monday, December 06, 2010

Ocean CIty Rail Trail Plan

According to the The Press of Atlantic City NJDOT will be conducting a feasability to study to extend the Ocean City Rail Trail from 36th to 49th Streets. The rail trail will be extension of Bike Route OC1 connecting the Haven Avenue Bicycle Boulevard which begins at 9th Street to the multi-use trail at Corson's Inlet (at the south end of the island).

The trail is proving to be controversial because it uses an old rail bed built on top of a wetland. There is a second proposal if the project is killed that may be equally controversial. That one moves the bike lanes on adjacent West Avenue on to the west side and create a two way cycletrack.

More info on these proposals can be found on the Bike Ocean City website.

2 comments:

Andy B from Jersey said...

I never understood how opponents could begin claim that wetlands would be filled in with this project. It's just not true!

I field checked this proposal this past summer and it is clear that the rail trail would be built on a preexisting railroad causeway that has been there for nearly a century. If anything, this project would be an opportunity to address tidal flow problems caused by the construction of the causeway many years ago.

If built, this project would allow more people to experience the beautiful saltwater tidal marsh in a very unique way that would have little to no impact on the local ecosystem. I cannot see why this project couldn't be a win-win for all concerned.

For more check out this FAQ put together by the good folks at BikeOCNJ:
http://www.bikeocnj.org/uploads/rail-trailQ_A1.pdf

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