The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for Feb. 3-7:By the end of the day Friday, Jan. 31, the contractor’s north crew, which is progressing in a southerly direction, will have installed PVC pipe, backfilled, and temporarily paved to a point directly in front of the MUA’s 20th Street Pump Station, at the corner 20th Street and Bay Avenue. The contractor’s south crew, which is progressing in a northerly direction, will have completed the same work to a point about 180 feet south of 20th Street.On Monday, Feb. 3, the north crew will remobilize on 31st Street, about 150 feet west of Haven Avenue, where they will re-excavate and begin installing the necessary piping connection hardware that will allow the connection of the new PVC pipe to the existing force main. It is expected that this aspect of work will take at least one week. Meanwhile, the south crew will continue in a northerly direction until the connection is made at the point that the north crew left off – at the 20th Street Pump Station.Traffic:On Monday, Bay Avenue will be closed from 24th to 14th streets. Also, 31st Street between Haven and Simpson Avenue will be open to local traffic only.Intermediate School Activity:Between 18th and 20th Streets, the traffic patterns and police presence will remain unchanged for the week. That is, the contractor will set up a barricade at a location immediately south of the school’s busport entrance. This will allow school buses to approach the school by driving south on Bay Avenue, and then turn left to enter the busport without conflicting with construction work.Upon exiting the busport, buses will turn right onto Bay Avenue and proceed north. A police presence will be maintained at both the intersections of 20th and Bay and 18th and Bay to supplement the efforts of the school crossing guards. The drop-off of students from cars along Haven Avenue will remain unchanged.See full project update Construction work will cause detours on Bay Avenue.