June 19, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $19 Million in Safety Enhancements on Long Island's State Highways

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Improvements Include Pavement Upgrades, New Guiderail and Signs

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Governor Cuomo today announced $19.3 million for four projects to enhance safety on ten state roads in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The projects include repairing pavement, installing guiderail and replacing signs, making Long Island safer and easier to navigate for the tens of thousands of residents, commuters and visitors who use these roads each day.

"A 21st century transportation network is crucial to the future of Long Island's economy," Governor Cuomo said. "These safety enhancements will transform Long Island's state roads, ensuring a safer, more efficient commute for thousands of drivers while spurring economic growth for decades to come."

"With this significant infrastructure investment, we are protecting the safety of drivers and Long Island residents while ensuring modernized roadways for the future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "These projects continue our statewide efforts to upgrade roads and bridges and foster continued economic progress." 

The projects include:

  • $6.8 million in concrete repairs on Route 106 (Newbridge Road) in the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, Nassau County;
  • $7.3 million for two projects to install new guiderail along the Southern State Parkway in the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, as well as in the towns of Babylon and Islip in Suffolk County; and along the Northern State Parkway in the town of Smithtown, Suffolk County;
  • $5.2 million for new overhead sign structures along seven South Shore roads in the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip, Suffolk County.

Consistent with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.

Newbridge Road Concrete Repairs

A project is underway to repair concrete along nearly ten miles of Newbridge Road (Route 106) between Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24) and Old Country Road. 

Crews will use High Early Strength Concrete, which sets more quickly than standard concrete, allowing the road to reopen to traffic sooner. In some locations, workers will employ diamond grinding, an innovative process using special blades of diamonds to cut thin linear grooves into the surface. This eliminates irregularities and bumps and results in a smoother ride. Using these two techniques will help the concrete last longer, saving taxpayer money. Lane shifts will be primarily utilized during construction to avoid road closures and keep traffic continually flowing in both directions to accommodate the nearly 27,000 vehicles that travel the road each day. Project completion is scheduled for the summer of 2020. 

Guiderail Rehabilitation

Guiderail is an important safety tool, acting as a type of metal fencing designed to keep vehicles from leaving the roadway.

Two projects on two of Long Island's major parkways involve replacing guiderail located in the center median, on shoulders, at entrance and exit ramps and near the parkways' iconic stone overpasses. The work includes installation of energy absorbing end terminals that absorb impacts and help keep vehicles from striking nearby objects, such as trees. 

A $4.6 million project along approximately seven miles of the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead, Oyster Bay, and Babylon wrapped up this winter. Work took place between the Wantagh State Parkway and Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (Route 135), and between Route 109 and Route 231.

A new $2.7 million project continues guiderail replacement on the Southern State Parkway in Babylon and Islip from Belmont Avenue to the Sagtikos State Parkway. It also includes replacing guiderail on the Northern State Parkway in Smithtown between Commack Road (Suffolk County Route 4) and the end of the parkway at Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454). The project will address a combined five miles of parkway.

Overhead Sign Replacements

A total of 20 new overhead signs are being installed on seven South Shore roads in Suffolk County. The new sign panels are highly reflective, making them more visible to motorists to better guide them to their destinations, especially at night and during storms.

Signs will be replaced along Sunrise Highway (Route 27) and its service roads to better guide motorists on and off the highway. The project includes signs at Great Neck Road (Suffolk County Route 47) and Jerome Avenue and at Nicolls Road (Suffolk County Route 97).

Overhead sign structures guiding motorists on Route 110 northbound and from Route 231 to the Southern State Parkway will be replaced. Most work will be done either behind concrete barriers or at night to avoid disruption to drivers. All new signs are scheduled to be installed by the spring of 2021.

Acting Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Long Island is a hub of economic activity, making it critical that we keep our highway system safe, modern and accessible for all usersThese projects complement our historic investment into New York State's roads and bridges and help ensure a strong transportation system into our future." 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Governor Cuomo has once again stepped up for Suffolk County by providing critical infrastructure investments that will both improve safety and navigation along some of our most important roadways.Infrastructure and public safety remain a top priority and I want to thank the Governor for his partnership as we work to modernize our roadways and build a 21st century transportation network across Long Island."

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran Said, "The safety of the millions of residents, commuters and visitors who use our roadways is a huge concern to me, and so I greatly appreciate Governor Cuomo's commitment to Long Island and his investment in our roads and infrastructure. This will help make sure our roads will be safer for all who navigate them."

Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when approaching roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones. To learn more about the Move Over law and what we're doing to keep workers and motorists safe in highway construction zones, visit www.ny.gov/workzonesafety.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver's license.

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