LONG BRANCH - The Long Branch boardwalk has officially reopened, more than three years after it was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.

The nearly one-mile stretch of boardwalk connects Pier Village to the downtown shops in the West End section of town.

Work on the boardwalk started last June after more than $14 million was secured to rebuild. The boards are made from recycled material. The boardwalk is wider and is said to be more resilient to storm damage.

The boardwalk was slated to open for Memorial Day weekend, but the project was finished ahead of schedule. The road that runs parallel to the boardwalk was also redone.