Critical Island roads set for DOT facelift

Smoothing things over: The New York Department of Transportation is planning to resurface portions of critical state-owned roads in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

More than 12 miles of state-owned Long Island roads will be resurfaced through a multimillion-dollar, multiyear paving effort, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Slated to begin this week, the $11.6 million project – which “complements” the five-year, $27 billion upstate roads-and-bridge investment laid out in Albany’s 2016-17 state budget agreement – will repair 12.3 miles of Island roadbed damaged by years of harsh winter conditions, Cuomo’s office said in a statement.

And it will proceed straight through this winter, with resurfacing projects in Oyster Bay, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead and East Hampton not scheduled for completion until the end of 2017.

In a release announcing the five-headed repaving effort, Cuomo said a “safe, reliable and resilient” infrastructure is “critical to Long Island’s residents and its economy.”

“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,” the governor said.

According to the state Department of Transportation, the project is scheduled to include:

·       Route 106 in Oyster Bay, from Route 25A to Bay Avenue

·       Route 110 in Huntington, from Henry Street to Lowndes Avenue

·       Route 454 in Islip, from 13th Avenue Route 27

·       Route 25 in Riverhead, from Wading River Manor Road to Route 25A

·       Route 114 in East Hampton, from Route 27 to Stephen Hands Path

The bulk of the work – which includes removing and replacing each roadway’s top asphalt layer – will be performed in stages covering short sections, largely between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, the DOT said.

Once completed, each roadbed will feature smoother pavement, fresh lane and traffic-signal markings, new bike-lane striping where appropriate and “high visibility pedestrian crosswalks,” according to Cuomo’s office. The project also includes repair work on drainage structures where roadway runoff needs improvement and various clean-up duties.

Some tasks, such as cleaning catch basins, will be performed during “off-peak daytime hours,” while traffic may be shifted to one travel lane in each direction – most often between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – to accommodate certain work, the governor’s office said.

“Intermittent brief closures” of the affected roads may occur “to accommodate positioning of construction equipment,” the state added.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll noted planning officials were doing everything they could to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum throughout the multipronged project.

“We are minimizing the impact this construction will have on the community by performing most of the work during nighttime hours,” Driscoll said.

Both Long Island county executives praised the expanded project, with Nassau Executive Ed Mangano noting the Oyster Bay effort would “certainly benefit residents and commerce alike” and Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone trumpeting “welcome news to countless motorists and businesses.”

The governor’s office also reminded motorists that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones, as per the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005 – which also states that two or more work-zone speeding violations could result in a driver’s license suspension.