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Cuomo: LI roads to get $100M from state for quick repairs

The state will accelerate its road-construction program on Long Island this year and spend more than $100 million to repave 300 lane miles of "the worst winter-ravaged roadways" in Nassau and Suffolk, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday.

"By expediting these projects, we are smoothing the ride on some of the roughest roads across Long Island and improving safety and mobility in the surrounding communities," Cuomo said in a news release.

The 11 projects listed by the governor included the repaving of the Long Island Expressway in both directions between exits 37 and 46 in Nassau County. The state Department of Transportation began repaving this week on the LIE between Exit 37 and the New York City line as part of its annual spring repaving program, which will cost an estimated $30 million.

The $100 million announced Thursday included federal and state money, but state officials could not cite source of the funding, nor give the originally scheduled start date of the work, which will now begin this fall.

One of the projects listed was the $6 million resurfacing of the Nassau Expressway between Burnside Avenue and Rockaway Turnpike in southeastern Nassau County -- a stretch barely six-tenths of a mile long that serves as an evacuation route.

The state Department of Transportation has said it will take at least $61 million to properly rebuild, and has put off the project, scheduled for completion in 2013, until 2025 at the earliest.

State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) praised the governor for including "the immediate work that needs to get done on the Nassau Expressway." A Skelos aide said that while the funding would not cover the cost of the project, "we are still pushing to do the entire project . . . that's a priority."


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