NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– A sign of progress. For the past two years the west end of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk has been closed off by a gate but now it’s open and construction has begun.
The first order of business is to clear out all the debris created when Sandy finished the destruction Irene had started.
Erin Tudisco of New London tells News 8, “from what I understand it was closed and then it was opened again and now it’s closed again. We came down to give it a shot and it was not there so we took a walk around town.”
It took nearly two years, a lawsuit against the original construction company, and FEMA along with other funds to raise enough money to get the construction of the new and improved concrete boardwalk started.
“Uhh I had doubts yes. It’s a big job,” said Bob Lalas of Niantic. We asked, “So it’s kind of nice to see then it’s actually happening?” He answered, “Oh sure.”
Construction on this western half of the walkway which will meet up with the half built by Amtrak is expected to be complete this fall. but if it’s not done by winter we’re told it will be ready by spring.
In regards to that we asked Erin Tudisco, “How old’s Landon?” She told us, “He’s one and a half so he’ll probably be running down the boardwalk by the time that it’s ready.”
Once the summer season is over the tunnel leading to the Hole in the Wall Beach will be blocked off because there will be a lot of construction vehicles coming down this path. You can still get to the beach you just have to go through McCook Park.