Townsend Inlet Bridge

The Townsends Inlet Bridge, seen in April, connects Avalon and Sea Isle City. Cape May County officials said making plans to make major changes to the bridge is critical because it is quickly approaching 80 years of age. Before they can start constructing, however, they need to secure funding and get permits. The entire process will take several years.

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The Townsends Inlet Bridge connecting Sea Isle City and Avalon will be closed 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 through 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 to move the concrete construction barrier curb and temporary traffic signals for the next phase of work, county officials said.

When traffic is permitted back on the nearly 80-year-old bridge Friday, the southbound lane will be closed to traffic through June 18.

Alternating traffic will be maintained in the northbound lane by the temporary traffic signal system. No tolls will be collected when the bridge is reduced to one lane, according to a press release from the county.

The project involves the removal of the deteriorated steel bridge railing and the installation of a new standard steel four-bar railing system on most of the bridge. To install the new rail system, a portion of the concrete deck in the area of each rail post will be removed, and new reinforcement steel and concrete will be put in place.

The project is divided into four phases. The construction is now moving into the second phase. The movable span is not impacted by the construction.

The work area is separated from the travel lane by a concrete construction barrier. Due to the narrow width of the bridge, the one lane of traffic being maintained will be 10 feet wide.

For more information call 609-465-1035.

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