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Delayed repaving of Montauk Highway going forward

The State Department of Transportation will repave a 2.3-mile stretch of Montauk Highway between State Route 114 and Stephen Hands Path by summer.

"We're following through on our commitment . . . and we're working with local officials to see what other paving projects we can do on Route 27-Montauk Highway," DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Post said.

State plans to pave the stretch last fall were delayed because of superstorm Sandy.

Local officials say they hope to see another stretch between County Road 39 and Stephen Hands Path completed soon.

"It's not just bad. It's a full employment program for mechanics who do front-end alignments," state Assemb. Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) said of the state of the road.

"It's been a hard winter and the stretch between Bridgehampton and Wainscott to East Hampton Village has been the worst."

Montauk Highway is a state road, and east of Southampton Village it is the only direct east-west access road on the South Fork.

"It hasn't been repaved for 15 years," Thiele said.

The state DOT said it expects to put out to bid this fall an estimated $11.2 million project to repave the stretch of Montauk Highway between CR 39 and Stephen Hands Path.

Thiele said public comment will be accepted by the state DOT until March 22.

State officials try to avoid doing major road work on Montauk Highway in the Hamptons between Memorial Day and Labor Day because traffic can increase three or fourfold, depending on the weather and other factors.

"It is the only major roadway bringing people to and from the South Fork of Long Island," Thiele said. "Local fire, ambulance and emergency service workers depend on this road to do their jobs."

With Sarah Crichton

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