DOT: Sunrise Highway resurfacing in Babylon Town starts Monday

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A $5.4 million project to resurface Sunrise Highway in Babylon Town will begin Monday, leading to lane closures that will last into next spring, state transportation officials said.

The work focuses on a 3.2-mile stretch from the Nassau-Suffolk border to North Monroe Avenue in Lindenhurst, authorities said. The worn, top surface of pavement from all eastbound and westbound lanes will be removed and replaced with an asphalt overlay, state officials said.

The initial set up and repair work will be done between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with travel down to one lane for short periods, the state said.

The repaving will start in the summer and target short stretches of the 3.2 miles, with lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the agency said.

One lane in each direction will be open at all times during the project, transportation officials said. No work will be done on Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day holidays, they said.

Also, crews will clean and repair drainage areas and make sidewalk improvements to meet requirements of the federal American with Disabilities Act.

"Under the leadership of Governor (Andrew) Cuomo, we are restoring Long Island roadways to smoother, safer conditions after this unusually harsh winter caused damage to many Long Island roadways," transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a news release. "With off-peak, night time construction, we are putting drivers first, ensuring roadwork disruptions are kept to a minimum, and providing a more enjoyable ride for the more than 50,000 drivers who use this section of Sunrise Highway each day."

The project is being performed by Posillico Civil Inc. of Farmingdale, and scheduled to be completed in spring 2015.

Motorists will be alerted about construction operations via the electronic INFORM signs. For up-to-date traffic and travel information, call 511 or go to 511NY.org, INFORMNY.com or INFORMNY.mobi for handheld devices.

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