New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stan Gee broke ground on the $27.9 million NY Route 110-Long Island Expressway (LIE/I495) bridge reconstruction and mobility improvement project in the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County.
This project will reconstruct the NY Route 110 Bridge over the LIE to improve vertical clearance for trucks and provide three full travel lanes on NY Route 110; reconfigure entrance/exit ramps and intersections to improve safety and traffic flow; and provide new, freshly paved roadways. Gee was joined by Regional Director Subi Chakraborti, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Steve Israel, Assemblyman James Conte, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Long Island Contractors Association Executive Director Marc Herbst, Action Long Island Chairman Sheldon Sackstein, and Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Larry Kuschnick.
“More jobs, an economic boost for local retailers, restaurants and sub-contractors, and improved safety and mobility for Long Island motorists, are just a few of the multi-faceted benefits this major reconstruction project provides,” Gee said. “Located in the heart of one of Long Island’s largest and most vital business districts, this project will provide long-lasting benefits for the approximately 88,000 motorists who utilize this interchange each day and help sustain business growth along this six mile, core economic NY Route 110 corridor.”
The groundbreaking event marked the beginning of major safety and mobility improvements planned for the NY Route 110 corridor between the LIE and Northern State Parkway. This project will complement improvements that are being provided in the future under the NY Route 110 Safety and Mobility Improvement Project between the LIE and Arrowood Lane north of the Northern State Parkway (NSP) and, the NY Route 110-NSP Interchange Reconstruction Project.
Senator Charles Schumer said, “There is nothing more important than safety on the roadways and bridges across Long Island and unfortunately, this bridge and surrounding area has proven to be less than stellar in recent years. But with nearly $30 million coming to Huntington for bridge reconstruction and road improvements, Long Islanders can breath easy that they are safe and sound when traveling over the State Route 110 Bridge and will no longer face the treacherous travel times caused by extreme congestion.”
Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) said, “If Long Islanders understand one thing, it’s traffic. As a Huntington resident, I know the aggravation of driving Route 110. This $27.9 million project will help to ease congestion while also creating new jobs and economic activity in the local area.”
Work will include reconstruction of the NY Route 110 Bridge over the Long Island Expressway (LIE-I495) to improve vertical clearance for trucks and accommodate three full travel lanes and shoulders in each direction.
Roadway safety will be improved and traffic congestion will be reduced by reconfiguring the LIE entrance and exit ramps, providing intersection improvements for the LIE service roads and NY Route 110, and removing the top layer of worn, distressed pavement and replacing it with new asphalt pavement.
Drainage systems will be modified to improve the quality of storm water runoff and new pavement markings to further enhance motorists’ safety will be provided. Updated traffic and pedestrian signals, new roadway signs, and fresh pavement markings also will be provided.
To reduce the impact of construction, work requiring lane closures will be performed primarily at night and during off-peak day hours. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout construction, and public notification will be provided throughout the project by the project community outreach office.
The construction project is being performed by Posillico Civil Inc. of Farmingdale, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in 2011.