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LIE and Southern State to have closures, officials say

Short stretches of two major Long Island major arteries -- the Long Island Expressway in the Town of Riverhead and the Southern State Parkway in the Town of Hempstead -- will be partly shut overnight for roadwork, the state transportation department said on Tuesday.

The LIE project, which starts Tuesday and continues through Friday, will leave only one of three westbound lanes open between Exits 71 and 70. The two exits serve Edwards Avenue and Daniel Hole Road, respectively, the agency said. That closure runs from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The Southern State closures will affect travel near Merrick Avenue at Exit 24, when one eastbound lane may be shut from Sunday through Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This shutdown may last one month, the transportation department said.

In about two weeks, one westbound lane of the Southern State in that section also may be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., from Sunday to Thursday, the state transportation department said.

Both Southern State shutdowns may last one month and are weather-dependent.

Further, one eastbound and one westbound lane may be closed in the daytime, during the off-peak period from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The LIE lanes are being closed for major repairs of the Halsey Manor Road Bridge, which recently was hit by a truck, the agency said.

Extending east and west Southern State entrance ramps from Merrick Avenue will make the highway safer for about 202,000 people who drive the section each day, state officials said.

That project is part of a $4 million plan to make 19 locations safer, the department said.

Once concrete barriers are in place, some of this work might be done behind the barrier in the daytime.

How long it takes to complete both highways' projects partly depends on the weather, it said.

To check for delays, drivers can call 511 or check the website,

Motorists also can check feeds from roadside cameras at either www., or on handheld devices at www.

The Move-Over Law now includes all hazard vehicles with amber lights, such as tow trucks and construction vehicles, the transportation department said.

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