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The Ingram's Thorofare Bridge is a vital link to Avalon. (Photo courtesy of bridgehunter.com)

The Ingram’s Thorofare Bridge leading to Avalon will close down for one night on Feb. 20 for ongoing construction. Detours will be in effect, Cape May County announced.

Both the bridge and Avalon Boulevard will remain closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, until 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, during the work. The roadway and bridge will reopen afterward.

During the closure, motorists heading south on Route 9 and wishing to access Avalon via Avalon Boulevard will be required to continue heading south along Route 9 until they arrive at the Stone Harbor Boulevard intersection (C.R. 657).

They will then be directed east along Stone Harbor Boulevard/96th Street to Third Avenue (C.R. 619) in Stone Harbor. They will then be directed north along C.R. 619 to Avalon.

Traffic exiting the Garden State Parkway at Exit 13 and wishing to head east along Avalon Boulevard will be directed west to Route 9 to follow the same detour.

Motorist heading north along Route 9 wishing to access Avalon via Avalon Boulevard will be directed to head east at the Stone Harbor Boulevard intersection. Once in Stone Harbor, motorists will be directed north along Third Avenue (C.R. 619) toward Avalon.

Traffic on the barrier islands wishing to utilize Avalon Boulevard to access the Garden State Parkway or Route 9 will be directed south on C.R. 619 to 96th Street, where they will be directed west along Stone Harbor Boulevard to Route 9 and the Parkway.

Local traffic will be permitted to access Avalon Boulevard up to the Ingram’s Thorofare Bridge from either side but will not be permitted to cross the bridge.

Please plan accordingly and obey all traffic control devices and speed limits.

This closure date is subject to the weather and may be changed as required.