Overnight road work to force Southern Parkway lane closures

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Overnight road work will force nighttime lane closures on the Southern State Parkway beginning Monday evening and, weather permitting, continuing through August.

The state Department of Transportation said the closures will affect westbound lanes for two months and then, for the following two months, will affect eastbound traffic -- all in the area between Exit 32, Route 110, and Exit 21, Nassau Road.

Those lane closures "are needed to perform a preventive maintenance improvement project that will help assure the longevity of the pavement and maintain a safe riding surface for the approximately 180,000 motorists" who use the parkway daily, officials said.

To reduce the impact on motorists, lanes will only be closed on small sections of the parkway, usually for distances of less than 3 miles, and a single travel lane will remain open at all times, officials said. The closures will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Officials said those closures will take place between Sunday and Friday nights, weather permitting. Drivers are being warned to avoid the construction areas, if possible.

As with most road and bridge projects, the construction work may be canceled, postponed, or prolonged due to inclement weather, the NYSDOT said in a statement.

Officials said that " up-to-date traffic and travel information" is available via 511 or on the web at www.511NY.org.

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