Two long-awaited sewer projects cleared their final legislative hurdles Tuesday as Suffolk County lawmakers approved bills that will allow the largest Suffolk sewer expansion in decades to move forward, County Executive Steve Bellone’s office announced.

The Carlls River project in Babylon Town and the Forge River project in Mastic-Shirley are expected to break ground later this month, and will connect more than 4,220 properties to sewer service, Bellone’s office said.

The projects, approved by voter referendum in 2019, are part of the Suffolk County Coastal Resiliency Initiative that ultimately will connect more than 5,500 homes to sewer service.

“Tuesday will be a special day for the nearly 6,000 homeowners who have been waiting for years and will now have their homes connected to sewers with all construction costs funded by grants,” Bellone said in a statement before Tuesday’s legislative meeting.

The legislation approved Tuesday will release funding for the projects and allow officials to award construction contracts, officials said.

The legislation allowed Suffolk County to accept more than $230 million in federal funding that received final approval from the Federal Emergency…

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