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Suffolk County awards $5M bridge contract

Suffolk County will spend $5.2 million to maintain

Suffolk County will spend $5.2 million to maintain Smith Point Bridge, which connects Mastic Beach and Fire Island. (Dec. 4, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Carl Corry

Suffolk County officials recently selected Gibson & Cushman Contracting, of Port Jefferson, to complete the $5.2-million renovation of the Smith Point Bridge, which connects Mastic Beach to Fire Island.

Peter Hough, managing partner at Gibson& Cushman, said the project is set to start around March and should take about 15 months.

The work includes steel repair on the drawbridge, electrical work, concrete repair and painting all steel portions of the bridge to prevent corrosion, Hough said.

In December, Suffolk County officials said these repairs were a temporary fix and eventually hope for a full replacement of the 1,220-foot bridge that was finished in 1959.

Gibson & Cushman was also recently hired by the county to dredge Stony Brook Harbor and by the Town of Islip for bulkhead repairs, Hough said.

Dan Aug, Suffolk County spokesman, said the bulk of the work should be done during the non-peak season, meaning before and after the summer, so less motorists will be disturbed.

He said there may be times when the construction will restrict traffic, but that the contractors would do their best to keep traffic flowing during busy hours.

“Any type of restricted passage would be done as best as possible on off hours,” he said. “Certainly not during rush hour or peak beach-goer time.”

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