October 30, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $50 Million for Long Island Transportation Projects

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $50 Million for Long Island Transportation Projects

Pedestrian Safety Enhancements Continue on Route 110

Resurfacing and Road Shoulder Improvements Underway

Easier to Read Highway Message Signs Will Better Assist Motorists

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $48.9 million in infrastructure improvements on nearly all of Long Island's major state roads. Work includes resurfacing at eight locations, enhancing pedestrian safety and road shoulders, and upgrading electronic message boards along the road. These projects, many of which are underway or near completion, aim to enhance highway safety and efficiency.

"State roads throughout Long Island accommodate millions of travelers each year, and it is critical that our transportation infrastructure meets the highest safety standards," Governor Cuomo said. "This investment in Long Island's state roadways will not only improve the condition of our roads and bridges, but it will help to ensure that residents, commuters, and tourists alike can get where they need to go safely and without hassle."

"This significant funding for infrastructure and transportation projects on Long Island will enhance conditions for drivers and improve pedestrian safety," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "New York is investing in infrastructure projects across the state to ensure communities have the resources they need to upgrade roads and bridges and make traveling easier and safer for residents and visitors."

The projects include:

  • $3.9 million to enhance pedestrian safety along Route 110 in Suffolk County
  • $15.9 million to rehabilitate Route 135 (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway) in Nassau County
  • $7.9 million to resurface Route 101 (Port Washington Boulevard) and Route 105 (Jerusalem Avenue) in Nassau County
  • $12.2 million to repave and refresh pavement markings on Route 110 (New York Avenue), Route 454 (Veterans Memorial Highway), Route 114 and Route 25 - all in Suffolk County - as well as Route 106 in Nassau County
  • $5.1 million to upgrade shoulders along the Bethpage State Parkway in Nassau County and the Robert Moses Causeway in Suffolk County
  • $3.9 million to update electronic message boards on 12 state roads throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties

Phase II of Route 110 Pedestrian Safety Enhancements

Lined by warehouses, shopping centers, entertainment venues, and Republic Airport, the Route 110 corridor, is a major commercial and industrial hub near the Nassau-Suffolk county border. With Phase I now complete, the entire length of this busy stretch of road, which runs through the towns of Huntington and Babylon, will undergo a second phase of pedestrian safety enhancements.

Phase II projects will upgrade 60 pedestrian ramps to be complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act, realign left-turn lanes, install raised medians, improve traffic signals, and add a new signal at Overhill Road in Melville.

These upgrades are expected to be completed in early 2020.

This first phase, which wrapped up in May at a cost of $3.1 million, added new pedestrian crosswalks, median fencing, pedestrian signals with countdown timers, ramps, and numerous other changes.

New Pavement for Eight Roads

Repaving was recently completed on five roads across Long Island, and an additional three state roads in Nassau County will be getting a new riding surface as well.

The northern portion of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway will be rehabilitated between State Route 24 (Hempstead Turnpike) in the town of Hempstead and State Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) in the town of Oyster Bay. The asphalt road surface will be milled and replaced and a new concrete median will be constructed with plantings, giving a new greener look to the highway. Similar work was completed in 2012 between Route 24 and Merrick Road.

To level out two small dips in the roadway and create a level riding surface, crews will be injecting high density polyurethane below the roadway to stabilize the surface.

New guiderail will be installed on the ramp from the southbound Expressway to westbound Route 24 and the ramp from westbound Interstate 495 to the northbound Expressway. As the only north-south expressway on Long Island, it provides a vital connection for trucks crossing the Island. The road will be upgraded to enjoy aesthetics similar to scenic parkways.

Much of the work will be done during off-peak, overnight hours in order to ease traffic flow and avoid congestion for drivers. Completion is expected in Winter 2019.

Resurfacing is underway on another 7.9 miles of state highways on:

  • Route 101 (Port Washington Boulevard) between Route 25A (Northern Boulevard) and Harbor Road in the town of North Hempstead and villages of Munsey Park, Flower Hill, and Sands Point.
  • Route 105 (Jerusalem Avenue) between Route 106 (Newbridge Road) and Wantagh Avenue in the town of Hempstead.

In addition to the new blacktop, more than 100 ADA-compliant ramps will be installed, storm drains will be cleaned and repaired, and new pavement markings painted, including a new traffic box covering all lanes in front of Saint Francis Hospital. The traffic box striping prohibits vehicles from parking, stopping or standing, keeping the hospital's Route 101 entrance clear for emergency vehicles.

Due to high traffic volume in this area, work has been coordinated with local school districts, Nassau Inter-County Express, and Saint Francis Hospital to ensure daily routes are not impacted and emergency personnel

Work on both roads is scheduled for completion next winter.

More than 20 miles across five state roads were recently given fresh asphalt and pavement markings at cost of $12.2 million, including:

  • Route 110 (New York Avenue) between Henry Avenue and Lowndes Avenue, town of Huntington
  • Route 454 (Veterans Memorial Highway) between 13th Avenue and Route 27 (Sunrise Highway), town of Islip
  • Route 114 between Route 27 (Montauk Highway) and Stephen Hands Path, town of East Hampton
  • Route 25 between Wading River Manor Road and Route 25A, town of Brookhaven
  • Route 106 between Route 25A and Bay Avenue, town of Oyster Bay

Highway Shoulder Upgrades

A project is currently underway to upgrade the shoulders of two highways leading to state parks -- the Bethpage State Parkway in the town of Oyster Bay and the Robert Moses Causeway in the town of Islip. The project, scheduled to be completed next spring, will construct new safe areas for use as emergency pull offs and replace existing highway shoulders alongside the pull-offs with four-foot-wide shoulders and grass turf.

Both highways carry thousands of vehicles to two of Long Island's largest state parks. Bethpage State Park is home of the famous "Bethpage Black" golf course, which hosted the PGA's U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009. Robert Moses State Park is a popular summertime getaway to the area beaches, and is also home to the historic Fire Island Lighthouse.

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "From major reconstruction to paving renewal projects, NYSDOT continues to strengthen and modernize Long Island's transportation infrastructure. We are dedicated to enhancing safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users here in Nassau and Suffolk counties and across New York State."

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "Transportation and transit-oriented development are cornerstones to economic development and Governor Cuomo has always made transportation a top priority. These improvements will greatly enhance transportation on Long Island and improve the lives of our residents."

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Investments in infrastructure are critical to keeping New Yorkers safe. Governor Cuomo has made infrastructure improvements and public safety key cornerstones of his administration, and these investments continue his mission to modernize our road systems and protect the people of New York. I am pleased to support this project that will enhance highway safety and efficiency on nearly every major road in Long Island."

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said, "Thousands of people travel through Long Island every day, and we must ensure that our state roads are updated and safe for both residents and tourists. These investments will continue to improve our state's infrastructure, making it safer and easier for all, whether they are walking, driving or biking to their destination. I applaud Governor Cuomo's commitment to strengthening our infrastructure and keeping New Yorkers safe."

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen said, "Many of Long Island's main roads are currently in a state of disrepair, making travel for both residents and visitors congested and frustrating. These roads take on millions of travelers each year and are often the only way in and out of towns across the island, making the need for upgrades and repairs critical to drivers' safety. I thank Governor Cuomo for making this major investment in our infrastructure that will ease the flow of traffic and ensure that both motorists and pedestrians are kept safe."

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to funding important transportation projects throughout the town, Nassau County and the entire region. These investments will bring great improvements for motorists travelling on our highways and roadways."

Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said, "It is great news to hear the State will be implementing phase two of safety improvements for Route 110, especially the ADA-compliant pedestrian ramp upgrades and measures improving the flow of traffic. The freshly paved portion of New York Avenue also complements the revitalization efforts underway in Huntington Station."

Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schafer said, "The safety of our motorists and pedestrians is a top priority, but crumbling infrastructure and outdated safety measures have long put us at a disadvantage. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, we now have the funding we need to make these crucial upgrades and ensure our roadways are safe, modern, and accommodating to all abilities. Not only that, but the daily commutes of residents and trips to the island for visitors will be easier and more streamlined upon completion of these projects."

New Look for Highway Message Signs

To enhance the motorist experience, NYSDOT has also changed the way that overhead electronic message signs look. A quarter of the overhead variable message signs across 12 Long Island roads were retrofitted with light emitting diode (LED) technology and new fused lenses, making the signs easier to read. Additionally, communication technology between the signs and DOT's Traffic Management Center was modernized to provide important travel messages to drivers more quickly. The highway signs were then waterproofed to prevent damage from wet weather.

The project was completed in July, and included signs on the Southern State Parkway, Northern State Parkway, Robert Moses Causeway, Wantagh State Parkway, Sagtikos State Parkway, Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway, State Route 135/Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway, State Routes 24, 25, 27 and 109, and Suffolk County Route 3/Wellwood Avenue.

Last year, NYSDOT rolled out a new display pattern for the signs that uses more motorist-friendly abbreviations for roadways. For example, instead of "GCR," it now reads "GlnCovRd" for Glen Cove Road or "NY111" instead of "111" for State Route 111.

Recently, NYSDOT and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee unveiled a new public service announcement and social media campaign focused on the importance of respecting flagging personnel. This year's work zone safety campaign, "Flaggers have families too," is designed to remind motorists that flagging personnel are not attempting to disrupt traffic - they are simply doing their jobs and want to get home safely at the end of each work day. The PSA can be viewed here and here.

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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