Cape May County officials have announced that the reopening of the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge, which was scheduled to be completed on May 22nd of this year, will be delayed.
The bridge which connects Avalon and Sea Isle City, will not open before late summer officials now say. It was closed in September of last year to replace seven of its 27 spans.
Even though additional work shifts and more manpower were added, the replacement of the seven spans was delayed due to “several construction challenges including those associated with demolition, underwater salvage operations, and subsurface geotechnical complications.”
The bridge was closed back in April of 2018 for emergency repairs to railings and in 2017 after an underwater inspection of bridge pilings found structural damage.
The county wants to replace the bridge, which was built about 80 years ago but estimates a new bridge could cost as much as $155 million.