Bridge Connecting 2 Jersey Shore Towns Closes for Repairs, Crews Hope to Reopen Bridge in Time for Memorial Day

The Townsend's Inlet Bridge, which connects Avalon and Sea Isle City, to be closed until May

What to Know

  • The Townsend's Inlet Bridge connects Avalon and Sea Isle City along the Jersey shore.
  • Cape May County officials said the nearly $8.6 million project will allow replacement of seven of the 27 spans of the bridge.
  • Officials say most demolition and construction will involve floating equipment.

A bridge that connects two New Jersey shore towns will be closed for about eight months for renovation.

The Townsend's Inlet Bridge, which connects Avalon and Sea Isle City, shut down at 4 a.m. Monday and is not expected to reopen until May 22.

Cape May County officials said last month that the nearly $8.6 million project will allow replacement of seven of the 27 spans of the bridge, which was built about 80 years ago.

The 1,373-foot bridge was closed in April for emergency repairs to railings and in 2017 after an underwater inspection of bridge pilings found structural damage.

Officials say most demolition and construction will involve floating equipment. The county wants to replace the bridge, but that could cost as much as $155 million.

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