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$6M bond OKd for Babylon Town road repairs

Patton Avenue in West Babylon and Long Island Avenue in Deer Park will get major upgrades in the next year, part of a $6 million bond for road maintenance that the Babylon Town Board approved Monday.

In Lindenhurst, roads from 43rd Street to 53rd Street will get a face lift. In Wyandanch, the work will focus on residential streets near the hamlet's downtown, part of the Wyandanch Rising revitalization project.

The section of Patton Avenue between Wellwood Avenue and Little East Neck Road, an industrial area with heavy truck use, will be torn up and completely rebuilt, West Babylon Department of Public Works Commissioner Tom Stay said.

Work is expected to last from April through November, with workers fanning out over the coming weeks to deliver letters explaining timelines and road closures to residents and business owners in affected neighborhoods.

Babylon Town has spent up to $10 million a year on road maintenance since 2002, officials said, though closer to half that in recent years.

The program relies on a rolling survey of the town's 537 miles of road by public works engineers, Stay said.

"This is the biggest reason we don't have as many potholes as some of the other towns."

Town-owned roads sustained little damage from superstorm Sandy and the swings in temperature that sometimes cause cracks and potholes, officials said.

Board members on Monday also approved bond issues totaling $2.76 million for the purchase of vehicles and machinery and the construction of a new road salt storage building.

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