After two years, the two bridges leading in the American Venice section of Copiague have been replaced and reopened to the public.

The $8.8 million initiative called the American Venice Bridge Project— funded by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery—created wider bridges for two-way traffic with more tonnage to hold heavier vehicles.

According to Babylon Town, the old bridges at West Riveria Drive and East Riveria Drive were built in the 1920s to resemble Venice, Italy. However, due to its narrow design, the bridges restricted the passage of large construction equipment and emergency response vehicles to the waterside community, especially during Superstorm Sandy.

Now the bridges are approximately 7 feet wider.

“We now have the ability to contract with road repair companies with the large, necessary vehicles needed to make the much-needed improvements for the infrastructure south of the bridges,” said a Babylon Town spokesperson.

To learn more about the project, click here.

Top: American Venice bridge in Copiague. (Credit: Babylon Town)