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Amityville mayor wants repairs to local and state roads that run through the village

Route 110 is shown in Amityville on Wednesday,

Route 110 is shown in Amityville on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely

Amityville Mayor James Wandell has asked New York State and Suffolk County for rapid repairs to dilapidated roads that run through the village that they are responsible for maintaining.

In letters to public works and elected officials mailed last week, Wandell called the southern portion of New York State Route 110, which runs through the village's downtown area, "treacherous" because of the large number of potholes that developed over the winter.

Oak Street and County Line Road, which are both Suffolk County roads, "are in need of a major overhaul," he wrote.

Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the state Transportation Department, said Route 110 would be repaired by the end of the week. Repair crews have until recently focused on snow and ice removal, she said.

Across Long Island, weather-damaged local and state roads are the focus of pothole crews.

County spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter wrote in an email that county workers have been patching roadways within the village but that winter weather has been "unprecedented." Reconstruction of Oak Street is scheduled for spring 2016, she wrote, and work on County Line Road from Montauk Highway to Joyce Avenue is scheduled for late 2017.

Wandell's letters came at the urging of Deputy Mayor Jessica Bernius, who had previously likened driving on some roads in the village this winter to NASCAR racing because of poor conditions.

"It's about quality of life," Bernius said. "It's terrible and it shouldn't be. We pay enough in taxes that we should get some service."

Most of Amityville's 30 miles of village-maintained roads have gone decades without significant overhaul, officials say, and the Department of Public Works fills hundreds of potholes a year. Last fall, officials announced a tentative plan to overhaul roads over the next eight years, but cost and funding remain unclear. That effort has not yet begun, though some roads have been overhauled using grant funding.

In an email, Peters said that Long Island's state roadways are in better shape now than they were last winter after $100 million in accelerated resurfacing projects by NYSDOT.

A state hotline -- 1-800-POTHOLE -- received 682 calls about potholes from Long Island last winter and 163 so far this year, Peters said.


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