Post-Sandy repair work on RI Cliff Walk planned

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Sixteen months after Superstorm Sandy washed away parts of Newport's famous Cliff Walk, a large swath remains closed. Yet officials say they expect the entire 3.5-mile trail will open again in June after millions in repairs.

They're also looking at whether to add some user-friendly improvements for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit annually, including trail markers to give information about the Gilded Age mansions that line the ocean-side trail.

Around $5 million has now been approved to repair what was damaged in the October 2012 storm. A first phase of work was completed in December, so now both ends of the centuries-old trail are open to visitors.

Dave McLaughlin of the city's Cliff Walk Commission says work continues on the middle section to shore up land, repair railings and other work.

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