NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The southernmost section of the Cliff Walk that was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy is expected to re-open to the public next week.

The Newport Daily News reports that Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Robert B. Power says that after some delays during the past year, repair work began last month and is planned to continue to work for as long as the weather holds

Power said he expects the entire Cliff Walk to be reopened to the public by May or early June at the latest.

The 3.5-mile scenic ocean walkway is the state's most popular tourist attraction, but much of the walkway has been closed to tourists, hikers and joggers for more than a year.

In late September, Rhode Island transportation officials awarded a $3.23 million contract to compete the repairs.

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