Townsends Inlet Bridge on track to reopen by end of July

Mike DeNardo
July 17, 2019 - 12:18 pm
Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City, New Jersey at sunset with the drawbridge up for boats to pass below.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nearly a year of inconvenience for Jersey Shore drivers may soon be coming to an end. Authorities say construction on the Townsends Inlet Bridge is almost finished.

Closed for reconstruction since last September, the bridge linking Avalon and Sea Isle City is on track to reopen July 30, says Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl.

"From what we've heard from the county engineer, they're in the absolute final stages of getting this bridge ready to open," Wahl said. "They were doing some striping work on the bridge, some saw-cutting on some new concrete that was poured. The railings were supposed to be installed."

The bridge was originally expected to reopen by Memorial Day, but construction delays pushed the reopening to July 30. And during the closure, what used to be a three-minute drive over the bridge has become a 20-minute detour.

"Certainly folks who are on vacation want to use their time the best way they can. And it's unreasonable to ask a lot of people to drive all the way around to Route 9 or the Garden State Parkway to get to and from Sea Isle City," Wahl said.

The $9 million reconstruction project is replacing seven spans on the bridge's south end.