The Ocean Drive (CR 619) Bridge over Townsends Inlet between the Borough of Avalon and the City of Sea Isle City will be closed from 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st until 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22nd in order to clean and paint a portion of the movable span. The closure of the bridge and the raising of the movable span are required to provide access to the main girders that are inaccessible when the movable span is in the closed position.
This overnight closure is one of possibly three overnight closures required to complete the cleaning and painting of the main girders. Under the first closure, Allied Painting, Inc. will remove grease, old paint and rust so as to clean the steel surfaces down to bare metal. Before the bridge reopens to traffic, a primer will be applied to the clean surfaces.
Sometime next week, depending on weather conditions, Allied Painting will close the bridge overnight to apply the remaining coats of paint on the main girder.
Allied Painting, Inc. of Cherry Hill, NJ is performing this work under a $4,303,440 construction contract to clean and paint two Cape May County Bridge Commission bridges. This project is funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Re-Investment Act.