ROUTE 72 REBUILD PROJECT GOING OUT FOR BID

The $350 million road project for the Route 72 causeway entrance to Long Beach Island goes out to bid on Thursday. The long-awaited project will include a new bridge parallel to the existing one, which will be improved to increase capacity and include a bike-way for both pedestrians and bicycles. Local officials have been lobbying for the upgrade for the past 10 years. The Manahawkin Bay Causeway provides the only vehicle access to LBI.