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Ocean City to host DOT hearing on new Route 52 causeway plans

From Press staff reports

OCEAN CITY - The state Department of Transportation plans to give Ocean City six acres along the old Route 52 causeway to make room for construction of the new one.

The state will host a hearing on the proposal from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Municipal Court building on Eighth Street and Central Avenue.

Under the proposal, the state would use about 10 acres of city-owned land on the causeway islands for the $285 million project.

In exchange, the city would get about six acres for fishing access on Rainbow Island. The state also plans to add 29 acres to the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area in Egg Harbor Township.

The state still must negotiate the acquisition of private land along Ninth Street in Ocean City.

Construction is scheduled to begin as early as May and last about five years. This is the most ambitious bridge project the state is undertaking in southern New Jersey.

The state plans to keep at least one lane of traffic open in each direction throughout construction.
 

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Its a 5yr project? Wow. Are they planning on building the new bridge parallel to the old ones or tear down the old ones and build over them?
 

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Originally posted by jc:
Its a 5yr project? Wow. Are they planning on building the new bridge parallel to the old ones or tear down the old ones and build over them?
JC,
Yes 5 Yr. Project,Brand New Bridge.
Here is some additional Info on the Plans..

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rt52/eis/fulldoc.pdf
Details of Bridge
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rt52/illus.htm


http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/works/studies/rt52/pdf/tecrainbowisland.pdf

[ 11-15-2004, 11:01 AM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
 

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Will the old bridge structures be torn down eventually? Looks like if its done right fishing will remain good.
 

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Originally posted by jc:
Will the old bridge structures be torn down eventually? Looks like if its done right fishing will remain good.
Right Now The Plans Are To Eliminate The
Existing Old Bridges, Ship,Elbow,Rainbow & Beach..
Which is Not Good...
 

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State to test for vibrations ahead of Route 52 project

By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6712, E-Mail/Press of Atlantic City

OCEAN CITY - The state will pound four massive concrete piles into the ground this winter next to the Route 52 causeway, but the only thing these pillars will support is a theory.

The state had to close the old Ocean City-Longport Bridge in 2001 just as construction was beginning on the new span. Vibrations from pile driving caused the old bridge to sink and settle. The bridge closure turned the entire north end of Ocean City into a giant cul de sac, much to the chagrin of residents who frequent Atlantic City.

The state Department of Transportation hopes to avoid that same pitfall next year when work begins on the $285 million Route 52 causeway linking Ocean City in Cape May County with Somers Point in Atlantic County. This is the most ambitious bridge project in southern New Jersey.

"We're very aware of the Ocean City-Longport incident. Our plans are designed to minimize what happened there," said Mike Sidani, project manager for the state's engineering firm, Michael Baker Jr.

The state intends to keep the old causeway open until the new one is finished. That's where the theory comes in.

Four test piles will measure vibrations on the two drawbridges. The test results will guide construction of the new span.

The old causeway, built in 1932, consists of a flat roadbed on tidal islands connected by two drawbridges and two fixed bridges. But the new span will resemble the elevated highway that stretches across the Florida Keys.

The new 2.5-mile causeway will be a continuous span that rests atop piers 18 feet above the old causeway with two 55-foot-tall bridges at either end. The high bridges will allow all but the tallest boats in the area to pass freely, Sidani said.

The state hosted a hearing Saturday on a land swap to make way for the new bridge. In exchange for 10 acres of Ocean City land, the state will give the resort 6 acres elsewhere on Rainbow, Garrets and Elbow islands and add 29 acres to Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area in Egg Harbor Township.

The state will rebuild the Ocean City Welcome Center and build three new fishing piers along with two parking lots both on the causeway and across from the fishing pier at the foot of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.

The state is still negotiating for several private properties in Ocean City and Somers Point. The construction schedule calls for the bridge to be built in two phases beginning late next summer, Sidani said.

The project is slated for completion in 2011.

Sidani said the state should have distance on its side. The old bridge should be far enough from the new causeway to prevent major disturbance.

As with the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, the contractor will have to make concessions for New Jersey's rare coastal wildlife. With the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, contractors had to hire a "plover watcher" to ensure that construction did not interfere with nesting piping plovers. For the Route 52 causeway, contractors will have to avoid disturbing yellow-crowned and black-crowned night herons, environmental specialist Bob Bevilacqua said.

Walter Wescoat, of Longport, said the project is unnecessarily extravagant and wasteful. He urged the engineers to reconsider a ground-level causeway similar to what is there now.

"It's a waste of money and an engineering obscenity," he said.

To e-mail Michael Miller at The Press
 

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have you guys thought about what the old brigdes will be like if they left them up.not everyone fishes them correctly now for a reason ,but when the traffic is gone and word gets out that their is a "fishing pier" in oc ,well lets just look at the other piers in our area.trash ,crowded,more fishing pressure,just makes most "spots" go down hill.i will be sad to she her go ,but the brigdes are falling apart and it is time to move on.it is my feeling that if the brigdes were left up fishing would not be the same,but in fact be alot worst.i will miss those 20 fish nights,and being told to "get off" :rolleyes: good fishing,matt
 

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Nightstrikes Good info. Thanks for keeping us informed. Ron, moderator fly forum
 

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I agree sweetrelease, I used to love the old OC/Longport bridge, but ever since they added the pier the fishing there is horrible. Not for only the crowds, but with all the trash. The structure has also changed, which ruins the fishing conditions.
 

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its ashame, why build a new bridge, its like a little piece of history, i use it everyday and see no reason to do away with it.
 
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