Rep. Zeldin Announces Over $4.7 Million in Federal Funding for Southampton Town to Repair Historic Old Ponquogue Trestle Bridge
Southampton, NY - May 23, 2017 - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced today that $4,743,060 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been awarded to the Town of Southampton to repair the historic Old Ponquogue Trestle Bridge that was damaged during Super Storms Sandy and Irene. The $4.74 million in federal funding represents 90% of the cost share with the Town of Southampton.
Congressman Zeldin said, “The Old Ponquogue Trestle Bridge was severely damaged during Super Storms Sandy and Irene. The storms caused significant damage to the bridge piers, which is why I have been working closely with the Town of Southampton and FEMA to ensure that the Town receives the funding needed to repair the bridge after the town applied for this federal funding in 2014. Funding for this improvement project is so critical to restoring this historic bridge, which was first built as a drawbridge back in 1930. The Old Ponquogue Trestle Bridge was not only a common form of transportation for Southampton residents, but is now used for fishing and wildlife enjoyment as well. I am pleased to announce that this federal funding has been awarded, and repairs of the bridge can now begin.”
Southampton Town officials hope to begin the project in Fall of 2017 and conclude the project in the Spring of 2018.