Project: Route 72 Causeway Bridge Replacement
Owner: New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
Client: PB Americas
Rt. 72 Bridge - Under Main Structure

Route 72 Causeway is the gateway to Long Beach Island (LBI), one of New Jersey�s premier ocean resort areas. Populations can swell from 8,000 residents to over 140,000 during the summer. Route 72 is now over 50 years old and is only roadway in and out of LBI. Congestion is routine once summer begins and it is paramount to properly maintain this critical public infrastructure. The bridge also crosses the nationally recognized Barnegat Bay National Estuary and is adjacent to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Accordingly, there will be considerable focus in getting the environmental document right. The NJDOT is not satisfied to just minimize impacts. It intends on developing a mitigation approach is compatible with the resource management plans within the estuary and the refuge and maximizes the ecosystem and social values for the mitigation plan within environmental regulation requirements.

Rt. 72 Bridge - Trestle Approach Span Rowbear Consulting, P.C. prepared the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA), participated in Feasibility Assessment and is coordinating overall permitting efforts. We have extensive experience in securing environmental clearance for infrastructure projects in New Jersey�s coastal zone. We work closely with the engineers during design to include innovative low cost or no cost measures to enhance the environment using real time feedback from the agency outreach and public participation process. We are currently working with the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program to establish a watershed-based, off-site, out-of-kind mitigation program that maximizes ecosystem function and minimizes permitting delay. This approach not only provided the greatest assurance for permitting success, it helped NJDOT highlight its Environmental Stewardship Program.

Rt. 72 Bridge - Panorama of Main Span
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