Great Egg Harbor Bridge
|Great Egg Harbor Bridge|
|Carries||4 lanes of US 9 / G.S. Pkwy.|
|Crosses||Great Egg Harbor Bay|
|Maintained by||New Jersey Turnpike Authority|
|Total length||1.47 mi (2.37 km)|
E-Z Pass discounts available for heavier vehicles
The Great Egg Harbor Bridge is a toll bridge along the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, with tolls collected in the southbound direction. It crosses the Great Egg Harbor Bay, connecting Upper Township, in Cape May County to Somers Point in Atlantic County. The bridge crosses over a section of Egg Harbor Township. It carries a portion of the Garden State Parkway and U.S. Route 9.
The speed limit is 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) between Milepost 27 to Milepost 29, approaching and traversing the bridge, one of two stretches on the Parkway where the speed limit is so reduced (the other is between Milepost 126.7 and 127.7, approaching and traversing the Driscoll Bridge). The Beesley's Point Generating Station can be seen from the bridge.
The southbound bridge was built in 1955 while the northbound bridge was built in 1973.
Before the Great Egg Harbor Bridge was completed, traffic on the Garden State Parkway was detoured onto US 9 and the Beesley's Point Bridge. This old alignment no longer exists today.
US 9 is now routed onto the Great Egg Harbor Bridge. The Beesley's Point Bridge immediately to the west deteriorated in the marine environment and was closed to traffic in June 2004.
In 2013, a project began to replace the southbound bridge and improve the northbound bridge. The project also demolished the adjacent Beesley's Point Bridge.
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- New Jersey Turnpike Authority Regulations Relating to the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, Effective December 9, 2004 (PDF), accessed July 5, 2006