LIE, Meadowbrook Parkway closures set

Traffic on the Long Island Expressway near Melville. Traffic on the Long Island Expressway near Melville. (Sept. 17, 2010) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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About $40 million in road and bridge repairs across Long Island are under way and will close stretches of the Long Island Expressway and Meadowbrook State Parkway overnight and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway during the day.

Repaving a 2.7-mile stretch of the Meadowbrook started Wednesday night. The work will close the southbound parkway from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays, weather permitting, between the Southern State Parkway and Merrick Road in Hempstead for the rest of September, the state Department of Transportation said.

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The project will replace the old, worn pavement with a new surface and road markings. In October, two northbound lanes will close each night on the same stretch, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday while resurfacing is completed. One travel lane will be kept open northbound at all times.

Work has started on the Waverly Avenue bridge over the LIE. It was damaged July 18 by a truck and trailer carrying an illegally high load of construction equipment, officials said. The impact cracked the bridge's steel girder in two places, requiring an estimated $40,000 in repairs by the DOT. Westbound lanes of the LIE will be closed between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from North Ocean Avenue (Exit 63) and Nicolls Road (Exit 62) each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night for the next four to five weeks, the DOT said.

A $34.4 million construction project to resurface, install planted medians and make safety improvements to the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway will close one or two lanes in one or both directions Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until the end of the year. The closures will extend from Merrick Road to the Southern State Parkway, and one lane could be closed between the Southern State and Hempstead Turnpike between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.

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