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Cape May County officials announced the start of work to rebuild and repair the Ingram Thorofare Bridge on Wednesday, advising drivers to take care during the almost two-year-long project.

Officials have entered into an agreement with South State Construction for the repairs along Avalon Boulevard linking Middle Township and Avalon, according to a news release from the county. The work is scheduled to be completed in two phases ending in June 2021.

The proposed work includes rehabilitating the existing deteriorated concrete deck, structural steel and pre-stressed concrete beam repairs, beam jacking and bearing replacement at piers 9 and 13, and replacement of the existing beam guide rail approaches with new guide rail, according to the release. The existing deck will be removed and, along with six spans, be replaced.

The concrete bridge deck will be overlaid using high-performance concrete, which will be diamond ground and have grooves cut into the surface for improved drainage and skid resistance, according to the release.

Work is scheduled to start by mid-November, with stage one to include the replacement of the concrete deck of the eastbound lane and shoulder, and run through May, according to the release. The project will shut down for the summer before resuming for the second stage in September, which is expected to end June 18, 2021.

Officials advised motorists to use caution in the construction zone and to expect delays due to a lane restriction and the use of a temporary traffic signal. Depending on the weather, the contractor may work long days, nights and on weekends, officials added.

During the construction, car access will be restricted to one lane, officials said.

Stage one work will occur south of the bridge centerline, so the existing westbound travel lane will provide access for alternating traffic with the traffic lane separated from the construction area with a concrete barrier and a temporary traffic light installed at each approach to alternate traffic across the bridge.

During the second stage, the bridge deck north of the centerline will be rehabilitated and traffic will be limited to one lane south of the centerline, according to the release. Like in the first stage, traffic will be separated from the work with a temporary barrier curb and will alternate using temporary traffic signals at each approach to the bridge.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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