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LI roadwork to be more driver-friendly this summer, DOT says

Cars head east on the newly paved Route

Cars head east on the newly paved Route 27 (Montauk Highway) in East Hampton on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Photo Credit: John Roca

The main road to the weekend and vacation spots of the South Fork has been substantially completed and will be wide-open for the Memorial Day weekend, state officials said.

The $13.8 million project put a new paving surface on 15 miles of Route 27 between East Hampton and Montauk, and all that remained to be done was permanent lane marking and other minor work, the state Department of Transportation said.

In the weeks to come, many other spots on Long Island will see the usual roadwork that is carried out in warmer weather, but officials stress that most of the work will be done during night and off-hours to cause the least disruption to traffic.

The state DOT "really does strive to minimize the impact of roadwork so the vast majority of disruptive road construction is performed at night and midday," agency spokeswoman Eileen Peters said.

"We also suspend construction lane closings on tourist-economy-sensitive roads between Memorial Day and Labor Day, such as the South Fork," she said.

Several other state paving projects will stretch into the summer, including the repaving of the westbound Long Island Expressway between exits 37 and 46, according to a DOT list of ongoing projects. Repaving of the eastbound lanes in that section was completed earlier this month, the DOT said.

Other paving agencies on the Island will also be doing work this summer.

Suffolk County lists five projects that should start this summer or early fall. A major realignment of Pinelawn Road, a major north-south artery, where it intersects with Ruland Road and Colonial Springs Road should be finished by the fall, the county said.

Nassau County said it had eight paving projects in the works for this summer, including Washington Avenue in Hempstead and Garden City. The stretch in the Village of Hempstead will be done from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; the stretch from the village line north to Old Country Road will be done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the county said.

For people who want to check on traffic conditions, there are several online sources of information.

"A Long Island driver's best friend is a call to 511 for real-time travel information, or," Peters of the state DOT said in an email.

"Another great source for planning travel is a live look at our selection of over 200 INFORM Transportation Management Center cameras at, or to let their 'co-pilot' check his/her handheld communication device at," the statement said.


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