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Construction on Ingrams Thorofare Bridge to begin middle of November 2019

Notice of Construction on Ingrams Thorofare Bridge on Avalon Boulevard

The following information was provided to Middle Township by the Office of the Cape May County Engineer regarding construction work coming to Ingrams Thorofare Bridge, the “high span” bridge on Avalon Boulevard in Middle Township, just west of Avalon:

Notice of upcoming bridge construction

Avalon Boulevard over Ingram’s Thorofare

The County of Cape May has entered into a contract with South State Construction for the reconstruction of the existing bridge deck and miscellaneous structural repairs to the Ingram’s Thorofare Bridge located along Avalon Boulevard. The proposed work will include the rehabilitation of the existing deteriorated concrete deck, structural steel and prestressed concrete beam repairs, beam jacking and bearing replacement at piers 9 and 13, and replacement of the existing beam guide rail approaches with new guiderail. The existing concrete deck will be removed either full depth or partial depth by the hydro-demolition process. The deck along six of the spans will be replaced entirely, and the remaining 17 spans will consist of a partial depth replacement. The concrete bridge deck will then be overlaid using High Performance Concrete. Upon completion, the new concrete surface will be diamond ground to provide for a smooth riding surface and have groves saw cut into the surface for improved drainage and skid resistance.

Work on the project will begin by the middle of November 2019 and will proceed in two stages due to the magnitude of the work. Stage one will involve the replacement of the concrete deck of the east bound lane and shoulder. Work will proceed as Stage 1 thru the winter and into the spring of 2020. The work on Stage 1 is expected to terminate by May 7 2020 and the project will undergo a seasonal shutdown thru the summer months. Work will resume as Stage 2 on the second Monday in September 2020. The project has an overall final completion date of June 18, 2021.

Since one side of the bridge deck will be rehabilitated during each stage of construction, vehicle access will be restricted to one lane of passage. During Stage 1, work will occur south of the bridge center-line, so the existing west bound travel lane will provide access for alternating traffic. Traffic will be maintained north of the centerline during this Stage. The traffic lane will be separated from the construction area by means of a concrete barrier installed across the bridge length. One 11’ wide travel lane will be maintained for vehicles. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at each approach to the bridge in order to alternate traffic across the bridge within the west bound lane. The traffic signal will be equipped with a digital display panel showing the time remaining until the signal changes to green for waiting traffic. The temporary signal operation and one lane of travel access will begin in the middle of November and continue until May 7 2020. After May 7, 2020, traffic will be returned to one lane in each direction across the bridge.

Stage 2 is scheduled to begin on the second Monday of September 2020. Stage 2 will consist of the rehabilitation of the bridge deck situated north of the center-line. Traffic will be limited to one travel lane south of the centerline. As in stage 1, traffic will be separated from the work zone by a temporary concrete barrier curb. Traffic during stage 2 will alternate using temporary traffic signals at each approach to the bridge. It is anticipated that the work requiring the temporary traffic signal will be completed by April 30, 2021 at which time the bridge will be opened to two-way traffic permanently.

Motorists are advised to use care while driving thru the construction zone. Motorists should also expect delays due to the lane restriction and use of a temporary traffic signal. Motorist should proceed slowly across the bridge to ensure their safety and the safety of the workers. Due to weather uncertainties, the contractor may opt to work long days, nights and on weekends.

Construction on Ingrams Thorofare Bridge to begin middle of November 20192019-11-08T14:02:03-05:00

Halloween Parade Winner 2019

 

Halloween Parade Winners 2019

 

Marching Unit
First Place – Junior Panther Football and Cheer
Second Place – Middle Township Marching Band
Community
First Place – Brookdale
Second Place – Sturdy Savings Bank
Third Place – MT Veteran Advisory Board
First Responders
First Place – Court House
Second Place – Rio Grande Rescue
Third Place – Green Creek Rescue
Float
First Place – Nightmare Before Christmas
Second Place – Cold Spring Village
Third Place – Neptunes Dragon
Single/Family
First Place – Pennywise & George (Shone & Valentino Speyerer Jr)
Second Place – The Great 8-Super Hero’s (Jaclyn Flannery)
Third Place – Corpse Bridge (Amelia Speyerer)
Dancers
First Place – Anne Reagan School of Dance
Second Place – CMC Performing Arts Academy
Third Place – Cape May Dancers

Halloween Parade Winner 20192019-11-08T09:30:34-05:00

Middle Will Review Harvest Festival Policies – Seeks Public Input

Thousands flocked to the heart of Middle Township last Saturday to visit the 23rd Annual Olde Thyme Harvest Fest. On a sunny, Fall day visitors browsed the many vendors, kids enjoyed the rides and bouncy houses and the food court offered a wide range of delicious options, complimented by live music.

Comments on the event were overwhelming positive. However, the Township did receive a handful of complaints about a few vendors selling overtly political merchandise and items that made some folks feel uncomfortable or less safe.

This is not acceptable.  In our follow up to this year’s  event, the Township will be reviewing its vendor application and policies, with the intention to ban the sale of all political merchandise. While we respect freedom of speech and welcome a diversity of opinions, we reserve the right to only approve vendors that operate within the spirit of the event.

The Harvest Fest is meant to be a celebration of all that is good about our town. The focus is meant to be on local vendors’ wares and civic organizations promoting worthy causes for the greater good.  First and foremost, our focus must be on making the event as family-friendly as possible and ensuring that all feel welcome and safe in the setting.

Middle Township has setup up a tab opens in a new window“Harvest Festival Feedback” on the Township’s website for residents and visitors to share their vision for the future of the Harvest Fest. Any proposed changes to policies and procedures will be scheduled for a review and public comment at an upcoming Township Committee Work Session.

Middle Will Review Harvest Festival Policies – Seeks Public Input2019-10-30T14:17:04-04:00