The state Department of Transportation just reached a significant milestone in one of its largest resurfacing projects to date.
As part of the state’s $157 million investment plan, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the long-awaited pavement work on the eastbound Long Island Expressway was completed on the night of Aug. 25. Work on the westbound side began in July and is nearly one-third finished.
The expressway effort included roadway milling, laying of new asphalt, and the installation of new highly reflective pavement markings and rumble strips.
The improved Long island Expressway is just a portion of several other pavement renewal projects taking place on some of the island’s busiest roads.
“Millions of motorists each year rely on Long Island’s network of highways to reach their destinations, and completing critical infrastructure projects like this is part of our commitment to help ensure smoother, safer travel,” Hochul said. “We are seeing real results from our investments in paving projects here and across New York state, and this important work will continue on roads large and small.”
To ease travel and enhance mobility for motorists, resurfacing projects have been taking place on approximately 480 roadways across Nassau and Suffolk counties, including key sections of the Long Island Expressway, the Southern State Parkway, and the Meadowbrook State Parkway.
More than 60 percent of the Long Island paving work has been completed during the spring and summer months, and the remainder is on track to be done by the end of the year.
Construction on the Meadowbrook State Parkway and Eastbound Southern State Parkway is completed.
Other completed locations include:
- Southern State Parkway, between State Route 231 and the Sagtikos State Parkway in Suffolk County.
- On Long Island’s South Shore, pavement renewal along the eastbound Southern State Parkway between the Grand Avenue/Baldwin Road exit in Nassau County and Route 110 in Suffolk County.
- State Route 25A, between Lawrence Road and State Route 25 in the Town of Smithtown.
- State Route 114, between Stephen Hands Path and the Shelter Island South Ferry terminal in Village of Sag Harbor, Village of North Haven, and the Town of East Hampton.
- Sunrise Highway North Service Road, between Udall Road and Manor Road in the Town of Islip.
- Sunrise Highway South Service Road, between Udall Road and Malts Avenue in the Town of Islip.
- State Route 111 between Suffolk Avenue and the Long Island Expressway in the Town of Islip is anticipated to be completed in September.
- Turf shoulder rehabilitation is ongoing between Merrick Road and Ocean Parkway in the Town of Hempstead.
- On State Route 109, sidewalk ramp safety enhancements are currently underway between the Nassau/Suffolk border and State Route 27A in the Town of Babylon with full completion including pavement renewal scheduled by the end of 2023.
For more information about New York state’s efforts to fix Long Island’s major roadways, click here to see Governor Kathy Hochul’s full announcement.
Top photo: Completed work on the Long Island Expressway. Screenshot of video by NYSDOT Long Island on Twitter.