Photo by Brian Hoo

The Department of Transportation has been repairing the 131-year-old Ocean Avenue footbridge spanning Sheepshead Bay into Manhattan Beach since the first days after Superstorm Sandy nearly destroyed it.

Now the agency tells Sheepshead Bites that the project is slated for completion by the end of the month, meaning that in 2013 pedestrians will no longer have to take the long, arduous route around West End Avenue to travel from one neighborhood to the other.

Sandy exacted a tremendous toll from the historic bridge. Not only was it pummeled by waves and entirely submerged by water, but several sailboats and motorboats slammed into its wooden planks, shattering chunks of it. One sailboat took the high road, careening over the top of the bridge and ripping out a swath of its rails.

The boats were removed earlier this month.

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  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    Good news. I’m surprised Manhattan Beach didn’t manage to delay the repairs, they hate the common-folk such as muhself, y’all know, us with the cows and mules and no class no money…

    • NI51965

      I wouldn’t want a monkey in my neighborhood!

    • nolastname

      but ready,willing and able to BBQ! ;-)

  • ahoySB

    we were just over by the bridge about an hour ago and were wondering when it was going to reopen :) doesn’t look like much restoration work is being done on the actual beach in Manhattan beach though :(

  • peppertree5706

    In the war movies, the army could build a bridge like that in a matter of hours.

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      Get McDonald’s on it. They put up their stores in no time!

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  • Mike

    I live in Manhattan Beach and walk past the bridge daily – there are always
    between 6 and 10 DOT workers but only 1 or 2 are actually working – the rest are
    ‘observing’ – joking with each other etc. Typical NYC civil servants ?

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