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June 20, 2015

Reopening of bridge between Sea Isle and Avalon delayed

Expected to reopen later this week

Construction Bridge
Townsend Inlet Bridge Google Maps /Street View

Entrance to the Townsend Inlet Bridge from Sea Isle City.

The bridge connecting the southern tip of Sea Isle City to Avalon will not reopen until later this week, according to Sea Isle City officials. 

According to The Press of Atlantic City, the Townsend Inlet Bridge was set to reopen Friday, June 19, after being closed on January 12 as apart of a $4.4 million upgrade. The bridge, which has been closed for three consecutive winters, was originally slated to open as early as May 22. 

The delay is due to corosion to existing components of the bridge which need to be connected to new components of the bridge, which officials describe as a "long and tedious process."

When those components are aligned, an additional three days of work is expected in order to be ready for opening.

Officials say that crews have been working extended hours on the bridge, laboring from around 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days and working through the weekends. 

The bridge is expected to open sometime later in the week of Monday, June 22.