The Townsend Inlet Bridge between Sea Isle City and Avalon is back!
"I'm very happy it's open, they did a good job," says Sea Isle resident Donald Civitella.
Donald Civitella's happiness is being shared in the Sea Isle City and Avalon municipalities, as borough officials opened up the Townsend Inlet Bridge for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.
"This road was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, back on October 29th, and its been a long trip for the folks traveling between Sea Isle City and Avalon because of this bridge being closed," says the Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster.
According to officials, this 1 million dollar project was scheduled to be finished around late May, which has residents like Civitella gushing over the bridge being finished a month in advance.
"Well I'm very surprised, I didn't think it would be open by Memorial Day," says the Sea Isle resident.
Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster says that the absence of the bridge also had negative ramifications on the business communities.
"Business owners and elected officials of both municipalities was telling me that their business is down 40 percent because of this bridge being closed for so long," says the Engineer.
Being a month ahead of schedule, locals can enjoy the access of the bridge before tourism season kicks off. And skeptics like Donald Civitella can go see for themselves that the Townsend Inlet Bridge is back, who's wife notified him of its reopening.
"Well she just told me the bridge was open and I said I don't believe it, and I had to go see. So let me take a ride and go over," says Civitella.