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DOT: Expect lane closures on Southern for guide rail installation

Traffic builds on the Southern State Parkway

Traffic builds on the Southern State Parkway on Sept. 4, 2009. Credit: Newsday/Joe Epstein

Lane closures on the Southern State Parkway designed for smoother installation of nearly 14 miles of new guide rail began Monday, the state Department of Transportation said.

The off-peak, midday lane closures on sections of the Southern State between the Nassau/Queens border and the Wantagh in Nassau County allow for the installation of new guide rail that meets current engineering standards and helps "maintain the safety of up to 229,000 passenger vehicles that travel on this part of the Southern State Parkway each day," the agency said in a news release.

The project costs $9.4 million, the agency said.

A single travel lane in both the eastbound and westbound directions will be closed, weather permitting, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, the release said.

In addition, beginning in April, one or two travel lanes will be closed daily between 1 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the eastbound and/or westbound directions, Sunday through Friday, through the remainder of 2014.

Motorists are being urged to use alternate routes, such as NY Route 27/Sunrise Highway or the Long Island Expressway.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly included another parkway as also having lane closures.

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