Cape May County Public Meeting Notice – Navigation Impact Report on Rehabilitation of 96th Street Bridge
September 13, 2023 – From Cape May County Government
The Rehabilitation of the 96th Street (Cr657) Bridge Over Great Channel
Navigation Impact Report Public Meeting
The 96th Street (CR 657) Bridge over Great Channel, Structure No. 0500-006, is a critical link between the Township of Middle and the Borough of Stone Harbor. Within the limits of the structure, Great Channel is designated as part of the Intracoastal Waterway, a key path of transportation for marine traffic. Despite the long service life this bridge has provided, the movable span (built circa 1930) is beyond its useful life and is scheduled for replacement. Construction is expected to start in 2025 with the new movable span in use/operation by the end of 2027/2028.
This Public Information Center is focused on the proposed bridge’s navigational clearances to document and confirm the adequacy of proposed clearances. The proposed movable span is being designed to match the existing channel clearances. This includes a 50’ horizontal clearance and a vertical clearance between 8.7’ (at the fenders) and 10.7’ (at the center of the span) when the span is closed, and unlimited vertical clearance when the span is open.
Please note that this session is intended to discuss the proposed navigational clearances and impacts. A notice for this event has been sent to waterway users accordingly, as well as posted to the neighboring communities’ websites. As part of the overall rehabilitation of the bridge, a general Public Information Center will be held at a later date. This meeting is scheduled for 10am on September 26th (Tuesday) and will be conducted virtually using the Microsoft Teams platform. The link or data presented below can be used to join the meeting through a web browser, a Microsoft account is not required to join.