Townsends Inlet Bridge on track to reopen by end of July

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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By KYW Newsradio 1060
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.

"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.