BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A multi-million dollar dredging and beach restoration project is now under way on Long Island to replenish beaches that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

The $7.7 million project will help open up the Captree State Park boat canal and bring about 520,000 cubic yards of sand to restore beaches at Robert Moses State Park.

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“If we can get the sand back on those beaches so that we’ll be able to operate fully this coming summer, that would obviously be outstanding and for the millions of visitors that utilize Robert Moses State Park,” New York State Parks Department spokesman George Gorman said last month.

Fishermen say dredging the canal is badly needed.

“On low tide, the boats can’t get in and out,” one fisherman told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs.

More than four million people visit Robert Moses and Captree state parks.

The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day.

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