Motorists facing traffic delays resulting from a new lane shift and turn restrictions when heading northbound on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge over the Long Island Expressway should consider alternate routes, the Suffolk County police highway patrol said Friday.
As of Thursday -- and continuing for around seven months -- the single northbound lane on the bridge remains open, but is shifted to the east, with northbound travelers no longer able to turn left onto the LIE westbound north service road, the state Department of Transportation said. Those drivers are detoured, instead, to the east to use Holbrook Road, the DOT said.
Highway patrol advises drivers, in addition, to consider entering the LIE directly via Hawkins Avenue or Ronkonkoma Avenue as ways to help "ease the traffic congestion."
That's as work continues on the $9.6 million rehabilitation project "to preserve the structural integrity of the bridge and maintain the safety of motorists and pedestrians," the DOT said.
The two southbound lanes remain open, but shifted to the east around the construction, the DOT said.
With sidewalks on the bridge temporarily eliminated, a daily on-demand shuttle service for pedestrians is available Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shuttle can be summoned by means of a phone at an on-site taxi shelter, the DOT said.
Nighttime closures under the bridge will remain in effect as needed, with eastbound lanes closed Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and/or westbound lanes closed Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.