The southbound bridge on the Garden State Parkway into Cape May County could be on its way to being replaced. The Turnpike Authority has approved an Order for Professional Services, which “will provide for the preliminary design and permit preparation for the replacement of the existing Parkway bridges which carry southbound traffic over the Great Egg Harbor and Drag Channel.”
Michael Baker Jr., Inc. has been awarded the contract for a fee not to exceed $2,810,000. 12 firms in total submitted bids for the project. Cape May County officials say the bridge would be widened to hold up to four lanes of traffic, but would initially be stripped to hold two. In the event of an emergency, extra capacity could be taken on. The idea would be to make the bridge four lanes the next time the northbound bridge is replaced.
The southbound bridge replacement is becoming a priority because the Beesley’s Point Bridge is not going to be reopened and this bridge will serve a very important purpose in the event of an emergency. The earliest estimated start date would be 2013.