The Rockaway Boardwalk in New York City finally has opened again, after two and a half years of being closed following the aftermath of when super storm Hurricane Sandy hit shores. Originally constructed out of wood, the new Rockaway Boardwalk was constructed out of gleaming new concrete, “poured in wavelike designs and colored light blue and sand” with other materials simulating wood. The first re-installment opened up in May, the second on July 4th, and the final project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day 2016.

In constructing the new boardwalk, materials were used to help protect from severe weather and the effects of climate change using steel-reinforced concrete. This will allow the boardwalk to endure harsh storms unlike its old structure. The entire project is expected to cost $480 million according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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