$80 million Long Island Expressway renewal project completed ahead of schedule

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The $80 million resurfacing project on the Long Island Expressway from the Nassau-Suffolk border to State Route 112 in Suffolk County was completed ahead of schedule – six months it started.

More than 442 lane miles of state roads across Long Island have been repaved with new asphalt – projects totaling $121.6 million.

“Smoother roads are ahead with the ahead of schedule completion of this transformative repaving project for Long Islanders,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “We are putting historic infrastructure investments to work to repair our roads, pave our potholes, and deliver the quality, reliable infrastructure New Yorkers deserve.”

Under the Pave Our Potholes program has allocated more than $111 million to pave more than 793 lane miles of state and local roads this fiscal year.

Statewide from August 2021 through the end of 2022, more than 3,700 lane miles of roads have been or are expected to be resurfaced.

“Our state and contractor forces worked hard this year to fill as many potholes as they could through hundreds of resurfacing projects, including this large project on the Long Island Expressway that was completed early and under budget,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. “While we have a lot to be proud of, we always have more work to do.

“We’ll be out there in force — maintaining our roads, completing our capital projects, and getting the infrastructure ready for New York’s harsh winter months.”

Paving crews began in the eastbound direction of the Long Island Expressway on Apr.19 at the Nassau and Suffolk County line near Exit 48 and proceeded to mill away the old pavement and place new asphalt along the Long Island Expressway’s three main travel lanes, the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, shoulders, and 62 on/off ramps. Work then began in the westbound lanes from State Route 112 at Exit 64 towards the Nassau County border, which was just completed on October 20, completing over 286 lane miles total. The new, smoother asphalt riding surface, which is expected to last at least ten years, also includes new highly reflective pavement markings and rumble strips on the shoulders.

Project updates:

  • Eight of 10 locations slated for resurfacing this spring have been renewed, many ahead of schedule including a resurfacing project on State Route 111 between the Long Island Expressway and Suffolk Avenue in the Town of Islip and shoulder rehabilitation work on the Meadowbrook State Parkway between Merrick Road and Ocean Parkway in the Town of Hempstead.
  • Two pavement projects totaling $26.4 million, which began this spring, are set for completion in 2023, including full depth concrete repairs on 55 Southern State Parkway entrance and exit ramps in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties
  • A $7.3 million concrete restoration and repair project is underway between State Route 112 and Yaphank Avenue/Suffolk County Route 21 (Exits 64 to 67) in the Town of Brookhaven. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2024, the concrete riding surface will be renewed with diamond grinding the pavement to remove imperfections and replacing deteriorated sections of concrete where necessary.

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