The Niantic Boardwalk, which was damaged during Hurricane Irene and Sandy, will be rebuilt after an insurance settlement agreement was approved by the East Lyme Board of Selectmen.
However, the agreement will only cover damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, not Hurricane Irene.
The mile-long boardwalk was closed down during Hurricane Irene. However, if court settlement goes in the town's favor, people will be able to walk on the boardwalk this summer.
"It's totally washed away back to the line of the railroad embankment," said Claire Kiritsis of Old Lyme. "It's a real mess, its gone."
The town recently settled a lawsuit against the original builder of the boardwalk and the designer. That funding, combined with federal money from Hurricane Irene leaves town officials nearly a $3 million budget to rebuild the structure.
"Everybody misses the boardwalk," said East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica. "We had between 60,000 to 80,000 trips a summer on that boardwalk."
Formica said the plans call for driving steel pilings into the beach and then pouring a walkway behind it, which would be similar to Amtrak's half-mile boardwalk.
Once the design is completed, work on the boardwalk could start this spring.
"It would be wonderful to have it back," Kiritsis said.
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