About The Project

Ocean County in coordination with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) are conducting an LCD study to determine appropriate improvements to the Chadwick Beach Island Bridge. The project goals are to preserve the structural integrity of the bridge and increase safety for all modes of transportation.

The LCD study is the first step of the project development process. The process includes the following: evaluation of existing conditions; development of a Purpose and Need Statement; fulfillment of an Alternatives Analysis; and selection of a Preliminary Preferred Alternative. Community participation and stakeholder coordination is integral throughout all stages of the study.  Throughout the process, local officials, community stakeholders and the public will have an opportunity to provide comments and questions for consideration. Please see the section below for more details on the current study.

  • Project Kick-off (January 2018)
  • Data Collection (Early 2018): Review existing documentation, mapping and surveying, cultural resource report, etc.
  • Purpose and Needs Statement Developed (Early 2018)
  • Alternative Analysis (Mid 2018): Develop engineering alternatives and conduct impact assessment of alternatives
  • Selection of Preliminary Preferred Alternative (Late 2018)
  • Documentation (Late 2018/Early 2019): Prepare cost estimates, NEPA classification and documentation, preliminary engineering next steps, etc.
  • Draft Local Concept Development Report (Late 2018)
  • Final Local Concept Development Report (Late 2018)
Project Background

Location: Toms River Township

About the Bridge:

The Chadwick Beach Island Bridge, which carries Strickland Boulevard over the Inward Thorofare of Barnegat Bay, is located in the densely populated shore community of the Chadwick Beach section of Toms River Township in Ocean County, New Jersey. The structure connects Chadwick Beach Island with the main barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. The bridge provides the only access to the 360 homes located on the island.

The existing structure is an all timber bridge with a timber substructure (load bearing piles and timber bulkhead) that was originally constructed in the 1950s. Its existing timber superstructure (timber deck boards, pile caps and railings) were replaced in 1985. Most of the timber bulkhead which retains the roadway fill in front of the bridge abutments is deteriorating and exhibits severe section loss and in places is visibly compromised. Due to its age, many of the load bearing piles and their cross bracing have severe timber rot and section loss. The structure has been rated in Fair Condition. Ongoing maintenance is required to retard further deterioration The curb-to-curb width of 24 feet and a 3.5-foot sidewalk which is present on the north side, do not meet current design standards.

Public awareness is critical since the bridge provides the only access to the Chadwick Beach Island residents.

LCD Project Steps

Step 1 – Evaluate Existing Conditions

Data on existing conditions, including bridge condition, traffic conditions, crash data, local demographics and environmental information will be collected to help aid in the development of the study’s purpose and need, as well as the project’s goals and objectives.

Step 2 – Develop Purpose and Need Statement

A Purpose and Need statement will be developed early in the project development process. This statement outlines goals and objectives that should be included as part of a successful solution to the problem and sets the stage for the development of alternatives.

Step 3 – Develop an Alternatives Analysis

During the Alternatives Analysis process, a range of alternatives will be developed and evaluated to ensure that all options have been considered before selection of the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA). The intention of Alternatives Analysis is to satisfy the identified project objectives while minimizing impacts to environmental features, access driveways and adjacent intersections. The conceptual alternatives may include a “No-Build” alternative, rehabilitation alternative or full replacement alternative.

Step 4 – Select a Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA)

A PPA will be recommended based on data collect during public outreach, existing conditions, environmental screening, constructability, anticipated impacts and estimated construction costs. A conceptual plan for the PPA will be developed for the final Concept Development Report. Once a PPA is recommended with resolution of support by Toms River Township and the County, and with concurrence from the Inter-Agency Review Committee (IRC), the project will advance to the Local Preliminary Engineering phase of project development.

Environmental Process

Federally funded projects require an environmental screening that follows the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.  The NEPA process enables the project sponsor to identify the existing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the study area and weigh the potential impacts that may be caused by the range of alternatives under consideration. Federal and state regulations  require a careful assessment of potential environmental impacts and identification of mitigation or avoidance  strategies that may be considered. Environmental resources include air, noise, hazardous or contaminated sites, parks, wetlands, water resources, ecological resources, threatened and endangered species, social and economic impacts and cultural resources such as historic structures and facilities.

Community Outreach

Local officials, community stakeholders, agency representatives and the public will have an opportunity to provide comments and questions for consideration throughout the study. The primary tasks of stakeholders include the following:

  • Assist in the development of the Project Purpose and Need statement
  • Assist in the development of conceptual alternatives
  • Assist in the recommendation of the Preliminary Preferred Alternative (PPA), based on the Project Purpose and Need
  • Learn more about Community Outreach
LCD Project Schedule

The LCD Study is the first phase for federally funded transportation improvement projects. The Local Capital Project Delivery (LCPD) Program provides funding to NJTPA sub regions—the 15 city and county members of the NJTPA—to prepare proposed transportation projects for eventual construction with federal funding.

This preparation involves completing the multi-step Capital Project Delivery Process developed by NJDOT. This process is designed to streamline project development and provide a common and consistent framework for federally funded projects at the local, regional and state level.

Local Capital Project Delivery Program (LCPD)

The LCD Study is the first phase for federally funded transportation improvement projects. The LCPD Program provides funding to NJTPA sub regions—the 15 city and county members of the NJTPA—to prepare proposed transportation projects for eventual construction with federal funding.

This preparation involves completing the multi-step Capital Project Delivery Process developed by NJDOT. This process is designed to streamline project development and provide a common and consistent framework for federally funded projects at the local, regional and state level.

Local Capital Project Delivery Process

1. Local Concept Development
  • Purpose & Need Statement
  • Data Collection & Environmental Screening Report
  • Selection of Preliminary Preferred Alternative
  • Concept Development Report
  • NEPA Classification
  • Create Design Communications Report
  • Initial Public Outreach & Involvement
2. Local Preliminary Engineering
  • Approved Design Exception Report
  • Cost Estimates (Final Design, ROW & Construction)
  • Approved Environmental Document
  • Approved Project Plan
  • Preliminary Engineering Report
  • Update Design Communications Report
  • Continued Public Outreach & Involvement
3. Final Design/ROW Acquisition
  • Construction Contract Documents & PS&E Package
  • Environmental Reevaluations
  • Environmental Permits
  • Acquisition on ROW
  • Update Design Communications Report
  • Continued Public Outreach & Involvement
4. Construction
  • Completed Construction
  • As-Built
  • Update & Finalize Design Communications Report
  • Close-out Documentation
  • Continued Public Outreach & Involvement