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Pinelawn Road bridge over LIE reopens

The state Department of Transportation Tuesday advised motorists that major work on a project to repair and strengthen the Pinelawn Road bridge over the Long Island Expressway in the Town of Huntington is substantially completed and the span has re-opened to traffic both ways.

Construction, which began in spring, involved demolishing the concrete bridge deck at night during two weeks of nighttime closures, designed to minimize the impact on traffic, said Eileen Peters, state DOT spokeswoman on Long Island.

The bridge deck was replaced, steel was repaired, sidewalks were reconstructed and the bridge rail was replaced.

The $5.5 million Pinelawn bridge project is part of $45 million in NY Works funding being spent on road and bridge projects across Nassau and Suffolk. NY Works focuses on upgrading bridges in fair condition, bringing their condition to good -- under a nationwide benchmark system of ratings used by the Federal Highway Administration.

The goal is to do preventive maintenance work, preserving infrastructure by postponing the need for more costly, in-depth, future repairs and construction.

Final touches, including landscaping and work to relocate utilities, are still needed and may require single travel lane closures during off-peak travel times, Peters said.

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