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Entire Cliff Walk in Newport opens

  • Associated Press
  • July 28, 2014 - 9:40 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is opening the rest of Newport's Cliff Walk.

The 3.5-mile trail runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's most spectacular Gilded Age mansions. Superstorm Sandy washed away whole sections and millions were spent to restore it.

A continuous section of more than two miles reopened in June. A retaining wall still had to be built for a smaller section in a less-traveled portion of the walk.

The final section was slated to open on Saturday.

Repairing the damage and building retaining walls cost about $5 million in mostly federal funds. The trail attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is Rhode Island's most visited tourist spot.

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