OCEAN CITY — The 34th Street bridge will close overnight Wednesday as Cape May County begins a two-year, $6.5 million rehabilitation project.

From 10 a.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday, the bridge that connects Ocean City and Upper Township at Roosevelt Boulevard will close to all traffic for construction crews to install a concrete barrier, Mayor Jay Gillian said.

The work is in preparation for the replacement of decking on the bridge.

Beginning Thursday, the bridge will be reduced to one lane, with alternating traffic. Gillian said the single lane will be in place through the first weekend of May 2017. The bridge will reopen to two lanes in the summer, and work will resume the following fall, with anticipated completion in 2018.

“The single-lane traffic pattern in effect through the winter will be an inconvenience to everybody who uses the 34th Street causeway. I urge drivers to have patience as this important project is completed. The deteriorated condition of the bridge decking makes this project an important one for the safety of all,” Gillian said.

County freeholders approved the contract with South State Inc. in September to rehabilitate the 34th Street bridge, where salt contamination is causing the reinforcing steel to corrode and the concrete to crack. If left unrepaired, it could result in a complete, full-depth failure of the deck.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.