Motorists are urged to avoid driving the Long Island Expressway near exits 70 and 71 in Manorville this weekend because of scheduled repairs to a damaged bridge, the state Department of Transportation said.

Two eastbound and two westbound lanes on the LIE will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, the state agency said.

The closure is between County Road 111/Captain Daniel Roe Highway, Exit 70, and Edwards Avenue/NY Route 24, Exit 71.

A single travel lane will be open in both directions, but alternate routes are advised, the agency said.

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The closures are needed to perform major repairs of the Halsey Manor Road Bridge over the LIE that was struck last May by a truck, the agency said.

For more information, motorists can call 511 or visit In addition, travel information is at or on hand-held devices at