Motorists on Route 24 in Flanders should expect travel lanes to shift during the day under a $5.2-million project to repave a seven-mile stretch, state transportation officials said Friday.
Work on the first stretch started Friday on Route 24, or Flanders Road, between Birch Avenue and Old Riverhead Road, officials said.
For the next four weeks, travel lane shifts, along with occasional single-lane closures, will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays, according to a transportation news release.
The project covers County Road 63, or Lake Avenue, and Old Riverhead Road West.
Authorities hope the first stretch will be done before the harsh weather sets in, and work will resume in the spring on the rest of the seven miles.
Crews from Rosemar, a construction company based in East Moriches, will rip up the worn pavement and replace it with new asphalt, the state agency said.
Bike lane stripes and more visible pedestrian crosswalk markings also will be painted on the roadway, officials said.
The work will move from south to north but may change on certain days depending on the weather, the release said.
Motorists will be warned in advance of lane shifts through portable electronic road signs. Local officials, businesses, and emergency service providers have been notified about the repaving project, state officials said.
Up-to-date traffic information is available at 511, 511NY.org, informny.com and informny.mobi for mobile devices.