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LIE repaving project starts in Oyster Bay Town

Starting Thursday, stretches of the Long Island Expressway in Oyster Bay Town will be closed at night for a repaving project scheduled to be finished by the end of October.

First, the westbound shoulder of the LIE will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights between Exit 46 (Sunnyside Boulevard) and Exit 48 (Round Swamp Road), the state Department of Transportation said. The shoulder closure begins Thursday and will last about a week, state officials said.

Beginning Sept. 19, all westbound LIE lanes between those exits will be shut down 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights for about two weeks, the state said.

Once that work is done, the eastbound LIE shoulder between those exits will close weeknights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for about a week, the state said. That will be followed by the closure of all eastbound LIE lanes there for about two weeks, state officials said.

The work on the 1.8-mile stretch will help extend the life of the roadway for the 186,000 motorists or so who use that section daily, state officials said.

State transportation officials also reminded drivers that the Move-Over Law now covers all hazard vehicles with amber lights, such as tow trucks and construction vehicles.

Under the law, drivers on parkways and other major highways must move to a travel lane away from a vehicle displaying amber, red, white, or blue flashing lights, or slow down.

For real-time travel information, motorists can call 511 or visit 511NY.org, New York State's official traffic and travel information source.

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