PRESS RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2018
Contact: Connie Conway, (631) 702-1743
Following months of construction, the renovation of the old Ponquogue Bridge fishing piers is now complete and open to the public. But because of the cooler fall and winter weather, an official grand opening is being delayed until the spring when the diving community plans 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.
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. Some of the improvements include:
- A new sustainable deck and handrail
- New bulkheads
- New recreational access ramps
- Improved access and safety
- Preservation and protection of the marine environment
The South side of the bridge will be used by divers while the North side is more suitable as a fishing pier. Shinnecock Bay is a favorite location for divers and fishermen for its rich natural habitat of marine life.
“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.
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.