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Bridge between 2 Jersey Shore towns deemed unsafe, closed indefinitely

The Townsend Inlet Bridge

The Townsend Inlet Bridge between Sea Isle and Avalon has been closed indefinitely after underwater inspections deemed it unsafe. The bridge is shown on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. ( )

By Rajeev Dhir | NJ Advance Media for

on April 04, 2017 at 9:49 AM, updated April 04, 2017 at 11:43 AM

AVALON — The Cape May County bridge linking Avalon and Sea Isle City has been shut down indefinitely for emergency repairs after an underwater inspection deemed the span unsafe, officials said.

An underwater inspection of bridge pilings found structural damage 20 feet below the water.

The dive team found a crack and movement in one piling that appeared to be very recent, along with heavy deterioration in another three-pile cluster that supports one of the piers on the Avalon side of the bridge.