(Reuters) - Rhode Island’s popular Cliffwalk officially reopened on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, some 20 months after it was heavily damaged and closed due to Superstorm Sandy.
The 3.5-mile walk, which draws some 250,000 visitors a year, lines the rocky shore of Newport, with the surf on one side and late 19-century Gilded Age mansions on the other.
Repairing damages from the October 2012 storm cost more than $5 million, said Rose Amoros, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
One section of the Cliffwalk reopened in the fall, and a small section will reopen next month after further cleanup and landscaping.
One of the most famous features along the Cliffwalk is The Breakers, a 70-room summer cottage that belonged to the Vanderbilt family.
Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jonathan Oatis