Ocean Parkway fully reopens after Superstorm Sandy

April 25, 2013 3:25:38 PM PDT
The road to recovery from Superstorm Sandy literally opened on Long Island Thurday.

Drivers are once again able to use all of Ocean Parkway, with the entire span open for the first time since the hurricane thanks to a $32 million restoration project.

The entire bill will be picked up by the Federal Highway Administration, because the work was done in 180 days, meeting a crucial deadline for the funding.

Ocean Parkway is a 15.5 mile-long highway that provides commuter access and links the public with many popular recreational and residential communities along Long Island's southern shore.

Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to the roadway and the protective dunes, completely closing the road for nearly a month. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) completed emergency work to reopen the road with lane and speed restrictions on November 24.

The reconstruction included the replacement of two miles of the concrete road surface.