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Roadwork for Gates Avenue in Lindenhurst will move ahead, state DOT says

Long-planned roadwork for Gates Avenue in Lindenhurst Village has been given the green light from the state.

The state Department of Transportation has signed off on the village moving ahead with construction for East and West Gates Avenues, which stretch for nearly a mile and a half from South Strong Avenue to South Delaware Avenue. This is the third of four road projects approved in 2005 under the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. Work on North Delaware Avenue and North Queens Avenue was completed in 2010 and 2014 respectively. A fourth project for John Street is still being planned.

The Gates Avenue project will be covered 80 percent by federal funds, 15 percent by state funds and 5 percent by local money, according to Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the DOT.

Lindenhurst was approved for $2.6 million in federal aid for the four projects, requiring a local match of about $650,000, Peters said. The Gates Avenue project is getting $734,320 in federal funds, requiring a local match of $183,580.

The Gates Avenue work was authorized for preliminary design in 2007, Peters said. The DOT noted in a statement that approval was delayed because "numerous village submissions did not meet federal requirements" and the "scope of the project changed" over the years. Lindenhurst Deputy Clerk Doug Madlon said there has been a continual back and forth with the DOT over the years as the village tried to meet requirements.

Madlon said the village has put the project out to bid. He said the work will involve resurfacing, drainage improvements, sidewalk replacement, curb replacement and handicapped access. Madlon said the village has already begun additional drainage improvements on the street using $75,000 in state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funds. He said the roadway has a history of flooding and that leaching basins are being used to control and filter the water from a nearby stream.

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