Repairs start at Hempstead Turnpike Bridge

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Bethpage State Parkway will close nightly, Sunday through Thursday, north and southbound at the Hempstead Turnpike Bridge for the next three weeks as repairs to the decades-old structure are made.

The bridge is one of 12 over the Long Island parkways created by Robert Moses in the 1930s and 1940s that are undergoing concrete repairs for damage identified during routine two-year inspections, New York State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Eileen Peters said.

The entire repair project, being undertaken by Farmingdale-based Posillico Civil in a $4,539,000 contract with the DOT, is about halfway completed and expected to be finished by year's end, Peters said.

The other 11 bridges being repaired are: Route 106 over the Southern State Parkway eastbound, Route 106 over the Wantagh State Parkway, Route 109 over the Southern State Parkway eastbound, both east and westbound Wantagh Avenue bridges over the Southern State Parkway, Route 135 Seaford-Oyster Bay Road over the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway over Deer Park Avenue, Nassau Road over the Southern State Parkway eastbound, Merrick Avenue over the Southern State Parkway westbound, Route 135 over the Southern State Parkway westbound, Northern State Parkway over Commack Road and Sunken Meadow State Parkway over Jericho Turnpike.The bridges are just a few of the 536 curved, arched, concrete spans over Long Island's parkways.

Work began Monday night on the Hempstead Turnpike bridge in Farmingdale, which was built in 1935.

While the timing coincides with the Barclays golf tournament at the Black course at Bethpage State Park from Aug. 21 to 26, the repairs are scheduled from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize impact to traffic, Peters said.

About 65,000 drivers travel under and over the Hempstead Turnpike bridge each day, she said, adding that the repair work would prolong the span's integrity and maintain safety.

Drivers should use alternate routes or expect delays as traffic is detoured around the construction site.

For traffic and travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. Information is also available from the INFORM Transportation Management Center cameras at www.INFORMNY.com or at www.INFORMNY.mobi on hand-held devices.

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