Evening closures on a stretch of 10 miles of the Long Island Expressway in North Hempstead and Oyster Bay towns will resume Monday night as part of a $25 million construction project by the New York State Department of Transportation.
All eastbound LIE lanes and entrance ramps will be closed between Willis Avenue (Exit 37) and Sunnyside Boulevard (Exit 46) each night, Sunday through Thursday, between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting, the state DOT officials announced in a news release.
All eastbound traffic will be detoured to the service roads, officials said. The nightly eastbound closures are expected to continue through early June. Once the eastbound work is completed, repaving operations will continue in the westbound direction between Exits 46 and 37 with the entire 10 miles scheduled for completion this fall, officials said.
The top layer of distressed pavement is being removed and replaced with new asphalt and fresh pavement markings, officials said of the project. Radar traffic detectors and loops are also being upgraded. When completed, the project -- performed by Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC of Hicksville -- will improve motorists' safety and help maintain the integrity of the LIE from Roslyn Heights to Plainview, officials said.
In fall 2014 before the harsh winter weather set in, the most deteriorated eastbound sections of the LIE between Willis Avenue and Wheatley Road and between the NY135/Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway and Northern State Parkway were repaved, officials said.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or allow extra time as they will experience delays. For 24/7 up-to-date traffic and travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.