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Posted on: December 18, 2017

SOUTHAMPTON TOWN BREAKS GROUND FOR OLD PONQUOGUE BRIDGE PUBLIC ACCESS RENOVATIONS

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December 18, 2017
Contact: Supervisor’s office
(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway                        


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SOUTHAMPTON TOWN BREAKS GROUND FOR OLD PONQUOGUE BRIDGE PUBLIC ACCESS RENOVATIONS

 

Groundbreaking for improved public access has begun at the south side of the old Ponquogue Bridge.  More than 5 years after Hurricane Sandy damaged the old bridge, the $1.9-million-dollar reconstruction project is now underway that will include:

  • A new sustainable deck and handrail
  • New bulkheads
  • New recreational access ramps
  • Improved access and safety
  • Preservation and protection of the marine environment    

Over the past several years, Town staff and the Town Trustees have worked with FEMA to develop approved designs and construction plans.  The Town will provide funding for the work associated with this project.  With FEMA approval now in place, federal funds will reimburse the Town for those costs.  The north side of the old Ponquogue Bridge, more significantly damaged by the storm, will be stabilized leaving a 21-foot-wide, 61-foot-long fishing pier. 

 The contractor, Chesterfield Associates of Westhampton Beach, is expected to complete the project by mid-summer 2018.  

“This renovation when completed, will improve public access to enjoy Shinnecock Bay and all its beauty,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. 

Secretary/Treasurer, Scott M. Horowitz, of the Board of Trustees added, “We are very thankful that all levels of government, various stakeholders including recreational and commercial fishermen, divers, bird watchers, members of both the civic and business communities all worked together to tackle a project that has substantial benefits for the environment and the people of the Town of Southampton.”

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