The renovation of the old Ponquogue Bridge fishing piers is now complete and open to the public, Southampton Town officials announced late last week. Because of the cooler winter weather, town officials said an official grand opening would be delayed until the spring when the diving community plans to do an underwater ribbon cutting.
“This was a monumental effort by the Town Board, Trustees, the Engineer Design group, L.K. McLean Associates and contractor, Chesterfield Associates to restore these sections of the bridge that will no doubt become a favorite fishing and diving spot,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman in a press release.
The $2 million reconstruction project began last December, five years after Hurricane Sandy damaged both sections of the old bridge. FEMA approved the project and will reimburse the Town for the renovation. Improvements include the installation of a new sustainable deck and handrail, new bulkheads, new recreational access ramps and improved access and safety. According to the town, the south side of the bridge will be used by divers while the north side is more suitable as a fishing pier. The reconstruction project was overseen by the Department of Municipal Works. The Town Parks and Recreation Department will manage the upkeep, care and use of the fishing piers.
“We are grateful for the community support on this project that protects the environment and makes this a first-class diving and fishing destination,” said Town Trustee Scott M. Horowitz.