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Long-Delayed Rockaway Boardwalk Section Will Open by July Fourth Weekend

By Katie Honan | June 29, 2016 8:29am | Updated on June 30, 2016 7:47am
 Construction on the boardwalk in Rockaway Park.
Construction on the boardwalk in Rockaway Park.
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ROCKAWAY PARK — Hurricane Sandy, step aside. Uncle Sam is in the house.

For the first time since the 2012 storm devastated Rockaway Park, its boardwalk will fully reopen in time for Fourth of July weekend, Parks Department officials said.

The final stretch of boardwalk, spanning Beach 117 to Beach 126th streets, will reopen Saturday after being bogged down by construction issues that delayed its planned Memorial Day debut.

The boardwalk repair work faced constraints after February's deadly Manhattan crane collapse triggered new rules limiting crane operations when winds hit 20 mph — halting work on multiple days since then, officials said.

The entire stretch of boardwalk from Beach 9th to Beach 126th streets will now be fully connected for the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck the peninsula Oct. 29, 2012, killing 48 people in New York City.