After Sandy: Dune Road To Open at Noon

Dune road will be accessible to Quogue and Westhampton Beach residents, Ponquogue Bridge still closed.

Bridges to Dune Road in Quogue and Westhampton Beach will open at noon on Thursday, according to authorities in Westhampton Beach and Quogue.

The Village of Westhampton Beach police confirmed that residents will be allowed to Dune Road via the Beach Lane Bridge but Jessup Lane Bridge will remain closed.

According to Rebecca Molinaro, village clerk, all village beaches will remain closed and any persons found parked at the beaches or in the vicinity looking to gain access to the beaches will be ticketed.

Village of Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius is urging residents who go down to be cautious.

"The road itself is ok," said Sartourius. "We had a few washovers and our dunes and beach to the east are pretty much gone."

As to homes in the area, Sartorius said there is damage to many walkways to the beach, but could not provide any additional information as not all homes were inspected.

However, he said the village is still surveying damage.

In Westhampton Beach, village officials allowed Patch on Dune Road on Wednesday afternoon. Our report is available here:

PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Batters Dune Road

The Ponquogue bridge; however, still remains closed and Dune Road to the west of the bridge is virtually impassable due to a full washover.

According to Jennifer Garvey, spokeswoman for the Town of Southampton, business owners and fishermen looking to get their boats and assess damage can obtain a hold harmless waiver by going to town hall. They must have a four-wheel drive vehicle to drive on Dune Road since it is all sand.

Access to the Southampton portion of Dune Road will also be blocked from the Quogue side as the area also is impassable.

UPDATE: See photos from Quogue Beach after Dune Road opens by clicking here

Patch would like to put together a gallery of reader photos from Dune Road, please e-mail them to Erica.Jackson@Patch.com or text them to 631-605-9648.

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