The most direct route between parts of Downbeach and the mainland won't be an option for travel for about a week in November. 

The Margate causeway will be closed to all traffic from 9am Monday, Nov. 16 to 3pm, Friday Nov. 20. Ole Hanson and Sons, which operates the Downbeach Express, say the closing is necessary for repair work on the Risley Channel bridge along the causeway.

Lane closings are a common occurrence on the privately owned road, but this is the first time in recent memory that the road will be closed completely.

During the closure, drivers will have to use the Longport bridge or the Dorset Avenue bridge as detours.