- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SMITH POINT, N.Y. (AP) - An aging drawbridge that crosses the Great South Bay to a popular summer tourist destination in Smith Point County Park will be replaced.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1IMzEsk ) says Suffolk officials unveiled the $53 million project on Monday.

The new 2-lane bridge will have a room for bikes and pedestrians.

The crossing is important to tourism because it provides access to a 5-mile stretch of beach at the south end of William Floyd Parkway. About 600,000 cars and trailers cross it each summer.

The park is also the site of the TWA Flight 800 Memorial and the eastern access to the Fire Island National Seashore.

The bridge is expected to be finished in 2020 or 2012.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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