Crews were still putting the finishing touches on work to the eastbound side of the Roosevelt Boulevard bridge on Dec. 29. The bridge will close overnight from Monday night, Jan. 16 into early Tuesday morning as the job shifts to the westbound side.

Andrew Parent

OCEAN CITY — The length of the Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge will be shut down overnight early next week as a redecking project continues.

Officials plan to close the bridge from 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from Ocean City officials. The closure will allow crews to switch a single lane of alternating traffic lane to the eastbound side of the bridge as work moves to the westbound side.

The $6.5 million project, now taking place on the Ocean City side of the bridge, is set to continue for the next several months until crews reopen the entire bridge to traffic for the summer. Cape May County officials plan to resume the work next fall on the Upper Township side in hopes of finishing the project before the summer of 2018.

Drivers on the bridge have had to use a single alternating lane of traffic on the Ocean City side since South State, Inc. of Bridgeton began the work last fall.

The bridge is receiving new decking for the first time since it was constructed in 1964. The span shows obvious signs of wear and a number of asphalt and concrete patches from minor repair jobs done over the years, especially on the Ocean City side.

The county spent $2.5 million for structural repairs on the bridge in 2005, and the most recent decking repair was done in 2009.

Other work on the bridge includes strengthening structural steel members of the main span over the navigational channel, railing repairs and deck joint replacements.