Route 52 Causeway Bridges


Location Somers Point and Ocean City, NJ

Duration August 2009 – December 2012

Joint Venture Partner R.E. Pierson Construction Co.

Partnership Route 52 Constructors

Description This was a $250 million bridge replacement project between Somers Point, NJ and Ocean City, NJ. This was the largest project ever let for bid by NJDOT. The project included 4 miles of new highway and bridge replacement with a new visitor’s center for Ocean City. The project involved replacing two bascule bridges on the causeway with four-lane, high-level, fixed spans over Ship Channel and Beach Thorofare (Intracoastal Waterway). The high spanned bridges eliminated the need for drawbridges. The roadway replacement and improvements between Ocean City and Somers Point included eliminating the Somers Point Circle. Most of the project was built from barges on the water.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • Included 2 bridges with 520,000 SF of bridge deck
  • Concrete Piles: 92,000 LF
  • Retaining walls: 34,000 SF
  • Drainage pipe: 16,000 LF
  • Asphalt Paving: 88,000 SY
  • Excavation: 125,000 CY
  • Installed over 1,000 30-inch square concrete pile that averaged over 90-ft long
  • Installed over 300 concrete pre-stressed beams averaging 100-ft long
  • Built a new visitor’s center for the city of Ocean City
  • Built 4 fishing piers off of the main structure at Somers Point Boardwalk, Rainbow Island North, Rainbow Island South and Visitors Center
  • Route 52 is the emergency evacuation route for Ocean City
  • Approximately 60% of the structure was built from the water
  • FUN FACTS
    There were enough barges on this project to cover 2-1/2 acres of land!

    300 Ton Cranes were floating around on barges for this project.

    Jetting was used for the complex piling and marine construction. Jetting involves blowing water through piling with a hose, then driving the piles. The piles weighed 1100 lbs/foot.

    Rt 52 Constructors owned 2 of the 5 specialized hammers. Made by American Pile Driving Equipment, each pile hammer weighed 95,000 pounds.

Project Recognition

  • 2013 Project of the Year Award Over $5 Million – American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) North-Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey
  • 2010 Safety Award - Associated General Contractors (AGC) of New Jersey

Web Site Link http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/roads/route52/

News Coverage Summer 2012 Article from ASPIRE – The Concrete Bridge Magazine