At the end of the month, the $8 million state-contracted project begins.

According to Southcosttoday, Starting June 30th, the town's Department of Public Works announced the closing of Water Street to Smith Neck Road as construction on the bridge begins.

DPW Director, David Hickox, says the bridge will still operate with it's normal schedule during the renovation. He says that it's a "complete rehabilitation" and will be updated to what todays standards are. He realizes that this is an inconvenience but it is an important project that has taken a long time to fund. It has taken about 15 years to completely fund.

The project will also improve Gulf Road and Smith Neck Road at the beginning of boating season.

Harbormaster Steve Melo tells southcoasttoday.com that he has made accommodations to handle any inconveniences dealing with questions regarding construction problems. He will be accesible and there will be more people around the Dias Landing parking lot.  Public access will be an issue at Bridge Street but there will still be a command center.

Addition reporting by Michaela Bottino