LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The last New Jersey shore boardwalk to be rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy is back in place.

It’s been nearly three-and-a-half years, but the Long Branch boardwalk is back in business, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported. 

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Mayor Adam Schneider wanted to make sure it was done right.

“Our goal was to see how quickly we could build a new boardwalk. We wanted to make sure that it would survive a storm similar to Sandy,” he said.

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The boardwalk is elevated and is wider than the old one.

Long Branch officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. The city bonded $25 million to reconstruct the one-mile boardwalk, which is composed of composite decking.

Schneider thanked nearby residents. He said none complained about the pilings being pounded into the ground from June to October.

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