NJ DOT will begin construction of 3 new bridges over Manahawkin Bay later this year. Once that bridge is complete in 2016 the existing causeway will be rehabilitated and it is planned to include the installation of a protected 6 foot wide walkway. When the project is completed in 2019 DOT will stripe each roadway with 5-6 foot shoulders and opening of the walkway on the westbound causeway.
Complete Streets advocates are campaigning for a better way for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the bay - Replacing the proposed 6 foot sidewalk with a 10-12 foot wide shared use path.
|Complete Street Success - Route 52 Causeway in Ocean City|
Its important to remember that while construction begins shortly, the proposed walkway is on the existing structure and therefore there is plenty to time to design a reconfiguration of the protected walkway.
NJDOT has indicated that a weekday bike ped shuttle may be available during construction. Comments should reflect support and consider expanding the shuttle service to summer weekends. Incredibly Long Beach Island has no daily public transportation.
|Complete Streets aspiration for the westbound causeway in 2019|