Jersey Shore bridge closed indefinitely

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The small bridge that connects the Jersey Shore towns of Sea Isle City and Avalon has been shut down indefinitely.

On Monday, inspectors discovered a crack in one of the supporting piers of the Townsends Inlet toll bridge about 30 feet below the waterline, the Press of Atlantic City reported.






Officials are hoping to have the work completed by Memorial Day.

The 77-year-old county-owned bridge, was already on the radar for repairs, Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster told the Press. A diver hired to survey the structure in advance of the planned work found the crack, he said.




Motorists will have to travel to the mainland and use Route 9 or the Garden State Parkway as alternate routes between the two communities.

The bridge will need to be reinforced during the repairs which will require a barge with a crane, Foster said.

“It’s not an easy repair to do,” he said.

This is not the first time the bridge, which spans a tidal inlet, has been shut down.




In Oct. 2012, it was closed for about six months after Hurricane Sandy washed out the roadway on the Avalon side. During the 2014 and 2015 off-seasons, the bridge was closed for $4.4 million in upgrades. It was also shut in 2016 for road repairs, the Press reported.




















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