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Nov 26, 2018 2:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Restoration Of Old Ponquogue Bridge Fishing Piers Complete

The old Ponquogue Bridge fishing piers were completed by Chesterfield Associates on November 16. VALERIE GORDON
Nov 27, 2018 12:14 PM

The $1.9 million renovation of the old Ponquogue Bridge fishing piers was completed earlier this month, featuring new bulkheads, recreational boating ramps, and a new sustainable deck and handrails.

Both piers—converted from the remnants of the original 1930s Ponquogue Bridge—were severely damaged when Hurricane Sandy hit the region in October 2012.

The refurbished pier to the south side of the bridge is primarily intended for divers, as it protrudes farther into the Shinnecock Bay, whereas the northern pier, which was reduced in length by roughly 300 feet, is more suitable as a fishing pier, according to a recent Southampton Town press release.

In the same release, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said that the restored piers “will no doubt become a favorite fishing and diving spot” in the hamlet. He commemorated all those who played a role in the restoration process, including the engineering design group, Brookhaven-based L.K. McLean Associates, and excavating contractor, Chesterfield Associates.

The Westhampton Beach firm won the $1.9 million bid on the project last fall and completed the first phase of the project, which involved collaring approximately 48 of the wood pilings that support the former bridge, earlier this year.

Lou Caglianone, the project manager for the job, called it an “enjoyable project,” on Monday, noting that he liked launching kayaks from the nearly finished pier with his family over the summer. “It’s an incredible location,” he said. “Having this pier rebuilt is going to open up more doors for the community.”

Southampton Town Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, whose husband runs a commercial fishing boat out of the Shinnecock commercial fishing dock, agreed. She has routinely said that the restored piers—which were originally slated to be demolished by the town—will help to boost active recreation in the hamlet, with visitors shopping in bait and tackle shops, and eating in local restaurants.

Additionally, Carolyn Munaco, as a coordinator with Eastern Long Island’s chapter of the Surfrider Foundation—a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the environment clean—will work toward installing fishing line receptacles at the pier to keep discarded lines from littering the waters.

Moving forward, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department will manage the upkeep, care and use of the piers.

An official grand opening for the finished piers is being planned for the spring, when the hamlet’s diving community plans an underwater ribbon-cutting.

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Very nice work cant wait for the repairs to the approach rads are completed.
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on Nov 26, 18 3:16 PM
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By V.Tomanoku (788), southampton on Nov 26, 18 4:49 PM
I am a frequent critic of town government, but this project seems like a good example of a job well done.
By HB90 (163), southampton on Nov 26, 18 7:54 PM
I agree this is a great project for HB, but this is a section of an article from 2015 "Construction on the roughly 85-year-old piers is expected to be completed by next summer, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Tuesday. The piers were once a part of the drawbridge that served as a precursor to the current Ponquogue Bridge. The project is slated to cost an estimated $117,300 "
By G.A.Lombardi (545), Hampton Bays on Nov 26, 18 8:08 PM
Nice catch G.A.L.
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Just saying.
By dfree (802), hampton bays on Nov 27, 18 7:40 AM
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Good luck with that. Supervisor Schneiderman is really good at running for office, maybe not so good at running the Town of Southampton government. $100 million dollar budget????
By G.A.Lombardi (545), Hampton Bays on Nov 27, 18 8:10 AM
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By Fred s (3173), Southampton on Nov 27, 18 9:15 AM
Great job by all.
By taxpayer1 (72), Southampton on Nov 27, 18 5:28 PM
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