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DOT to review plans for recreation path

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday about the second phase of a proposed Setauket/Port Jefferson Station Multi-Use Path.

At the meeting, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Terryville Fire Department Station 1 at 19 Jayne Blvd. in Port Jefferson, DOT officials will review preliminary plans to construct additional sections of the popular path.

The DOT has developed preliminary plans to construct two new sections of the path to connect the existing 1.2-mile path with Route 25A and Route 112. The 2.1-mile project would run from Route 25A at Limroy Lane to Gnarled Hollow Road and from the sandpit east of Possum Lane to Route 112 at the Hallock Avenue Park-and-Ride lot. When completed, the total length of the path would be 3.3 miles.

The Phase II project, developed in cooperation with the Setauket-Port Jefferson Task Force, would be constructed on existing state right-of-way and a short section of Gnarled Hollow Road. Features would include a two-lane path with shoulders on each side, guide signs, pavement markings and drainage structures.

Two new traffic signals would be installed on either side of the Long Island Rail Road bridge across Gnarled Hollow Road to accommodate alternating, one-way vehicular traffic and allow path users to safely cross the road. The existing parking lot on the east end of the project would be renovated, and an additional parking area is planned for the west end at Limroy Lane and Route 25A. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012.

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