NEW YORK – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that work will begin tomorrow on an $11.6 million project to resurface 12.3 miles of roads on Long Island. The resurfacing will repair damage caused by harsh winter weather in previous years. The project includes paving on State Routes 454, 114, 25, 106, and 110 in the towns of Islip, Riverhead and Huntington and the village of East Hampton in Suffolk County and the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County.
“It is critical to Long Island’s residents and its economy that infrastructure remain safe, reliable and resilient,” Governor Cuomo said. “This project will help ensure that some of the region’s busiest routes will be able to meet these challenges and be able to handle whatever Mother Nature throws its way.”
To minimize the impact of construction on motorists, pedestrians, residents and businesses, the majority of the work will be performed in stages on short sections of road and will take place during nighttime hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday.
The project includes removing the top layer of asphalt and replacing it. Traffic signal loops will be replaced and fresh pavement markings, including bike lane striping and high visibility pedestrian crosswalks, will be installed. The project also includes cleaning and repairing drainage structures where needed to improve roadway runoff.
The following sections of road will be repaired:
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “With these projects we are strengthening Long Island’s vital transportation network and making our roadways much smoother and safer for all motorists. In keeping with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, we are minimizing the impact this construction will have on the community by performing most of the work during nighttime hours.”
Some tasks, such as cleaning catch basins, will be performed during off-peak, daytime hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Where possible, traffic will be shifted to accommodate one travel lane in each direction. Where the roadway is too narrow to accommodate two lanes, an alternating one way traffic pattern will be utilized. Intermittent brief closures of all lanes may be utilized to accommodate positioning of construction equipment.
Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, repairing our nation’s infrastructure, especially our roads and bridges, are a top priority. I am proud to join with Governor Cuomo to announce that local roads in my district, including in Islip, East Hampton and Riverhead, will be repaired, and bike lanes and pedestrian crossings will be installed to help improve walkability and bicycle access on Long Island. Our roads, overpasses, and bridges are essential to the Long Island economy, way of life and safety, and I will continue working on the federal level to ensure that states and local governments have the flexibility and resources necessary to strengthen our infrastructure and improve transportation safety, job creation, and our overall economy and quality of life.”
Senator Ken LaValle said, “People are entitled to have roads that are free from potholes and other deficiencies to keep our streets safe. Investing in our infrastructure is critically important in achieving this goal.”
Senator Carl L. Marcellino said, “The past few winter seasons have wreaked havoc on Long Island roads. No matter where you travel, drivers are dodging cavernous potholes. Tires, shocks and alignments have been destroyed from Glen Cove to Montauk. These funds will jump start the process of repairing these torn up roads and help make them safe and drivable for all who depend on them to live, work and travel every day.”
Senator Tom Croci said, “My thanks to the Governor and the Department of Transportation for expeditiously moving these resources to Long Island for much needed road repair and replacement. The safety of our roads and consideration for our commuters by doing the work at night, is greatly appreciated.”
Senator Phil Boyle, “The backbone of Long Island’s infrastructure is it’s roadways. Keeping them safe and in good repair for our hundreds of thousands of commuters is exactly the type of focus and priority setting our residents expect. My thanks to Governor Cuomo and the DOT for putting Long Island roads to the top of the list for improvement.”
Assemblyman Fred Thiele said, “I commend Governor Cuomo for securing $11.6 million to resurface 12.3 miles of State roads on Long Island, including the two mile portion of State Route 114 from State Route 27 to Stephen Hands Path in the Village of East Hampton. State Route 114 is a main thoroughfare on the south fork of eastern Long Island and is heavily traveled by residents, tradesmen, and tourists. I am pleased that the Governor has taken the first step in repairing the widespread road damage to State Route 114 as the winter months are approaching.”
Assemblyman Michael Montesano said, “I am ecstatic at the news that we will finally see a resurfacing of State Route 106. This much-needed project will improve the driving experience of everyone in our community, and greatly improve the safety of our daily commutes. This highway was greatly affected by Superstorm Sandy and other harsh weather storms. I would like to thank the governor for stepping up and beginning this much-needed infrastructure project.”
Assemblyman Al Graf said, “One of the most important things we do in government is infrastructure repair. This is a good step in ensuring we have safe roads for our citizens.”
Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci said, “With the harsh weather of years past and an upcoming winter which will certainly take a toll on our transportation infrastructure, it is encouraging to see the state taking the necessary action to repair and prepare our roads for the future. Our transportation infrastructure is the lifeline of our economy, and without proper maintenance, it may be very difficult to stimulate local businesses and tour Long Island’s beautiful attractions. I am proud to see the state taking meaningful action to prepare our state for extreme weather, all the while keeping our roads, bridges and tunnels safe for all New Yorkers to travel.”
Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino said, “I am often contacted by constituents who are concerned about the road conditions in our area. These road repairs are a great use of state funds, and I’m thankful that the Department of Transportation is moving forward with this necessary project.”
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said, “Governor Cuomo has demonstrated a continued commitment to improving our local infrastructure. The resurfacing of Route 106 will certainly benefit residents and commerce alike.”
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “Strengthening and improving our local roads will be welcome news to countless motorists and businesses across our county. I thank Governor Cuomo for once again ensuring that Suffolk County receives its fair share of funding and for making infrastructure improvements a priority for Long Island.”
Village of East Hampton Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr. said, “The Village of East Hampton thanks the Governor and the State for including State Route 114 in this paving program. The repair work is much needed and we welcome this project as Route 114 is a heavily traveled roadway in the Village. We look forward to the completion of the work.”
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said, “Local residents and business depend on well-maintained roads to live and work. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for listening to the concerns of our residents and responding with this significant series of infrastructure improvements.”
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
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