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Why does LIE overpass construction drag on and on?

Construction work is visible at the Exit 61

Construction work is visible at the Exit 61 overpass on the Long Island Expressway in Holbrook on Jan. 2, 2017. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

LIE overpass work at Exit 61 drags on and on

My grandson asked me what I thought was the most difficult construction project in New York State. The Empire State Building started excavation in January 1930 and all 102 floors were completed by May 1931.

That’s pretty impressive. However, it’s nothing compared with the bridge being refurbished across the Long Island Expressway at Exit 61 in Holbrook. This must be the most difficult construction project known to mankind. The County Road 19 bridge rehabilitation began in 2014, and yet in 2017, it’s still going on.

Nothing seems to have been done to hold the construction company accountable. So, we have to put up with a bridge that was supposed to have been finished in May 2016, by state Department of Transportation projections.

The original budget was $9.7 million. The cost to date on this bridge is approximately $10.2 million and could grow.

Peter Bonna, Holbroko

Why did carillon need a private donation?

As a veteran of the Air Force, I try to participate in ceremonies to honor veterans. At the Memorial Day program at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, cemetery director Roderick Thomas said they were dedicating a new carillon. He said the old one broke, and the cost for a new one was $1,400. He said a charity donated the money.

With all the money sent to support other countries, why could we not get the money from our government to replace this?

George Duguid, Deer Park

Require car dealers to help with lights law

State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are on to clear rain, snow, sleet or fog. But it’s amazing how many cars’ lights are not on in the rain and poor light. Drivers must tell themselves that they have no problem seeing in these conditions, but fail to recognize how invisible their vehicles are to others.

I suggest a new law to require, at the sale of every vehicle, an explanation of the lights law. One more sheet of paper would not create a major expense.

Tony Bruno, Babylon