MELVILLE, New York, July 24
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
With nearly five years of work completed, the final phase of a three-stage project aimed at revitalizing Route 110 is proceeding as planned, according to Eileen Peters, spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).
This final, $22.4-million leg of the NYSDOT project, which began in June 2013, is to reconstruct the two-mile long section of Route 110 between the Long Island Expressway (LIE) North Service Road and Amityville Road, located near the Melville Fire Department’s substation.
NYSDOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters said Monday that workers are installing new drainage pipes at this stage in the project.
“Right now there are two excavators there, one payloader and various pickup trucks,” Peters said on Monday. “Last week, there was a cylindrical saw cutter machine that was used to cut across the roadway and excavate the trench so that a new drainage system could be installed.”
Once completed, three continuous travel lanes in each direction will be available to motorists along that stretch of Route 110, along with features like enhanced pedestrian signals, continuous sidewalks that meet American with Disabilities Act requirements and upgraded drainage systems to improve storm water runoff.
The three projects, beginning nearly five years ago, were brought about in an effort to strengthen the infrastructure of Route 110; while increasing safety, easing traffic and helping the businesses along the corridor survive and expand.
First, a $28-million venture to improve the Route 110 bridge over the LIE was completed in 2011. Two years later, the Northern State Parkway bridge over Route 110 was rebuilt and the exit ramps reconfigured. A travel lane and new sidewalks were also added to Route 110 in the second stage.
Now, the final stage is making strides of its own. Peters said the project should be complete by next summer.
“After the work with the drainage system is completed we still need to install new sidewalks, new curbs, new pavement, updated traffic signals and some landscaping,” she said.
Originally scheduled for completion by the end of 2014, the end-date was pushed back, Peters said, when a miscue occurred within the contact for the work.
“The problem was that the project was awarded late,” Peters said. “Normally we’re off and running, but it took a long time to award the project so we had to make sure everything was covered first.”
Construction for the project is being handled by HASA Construction, LLC, a full-service general contractor based out of Farmingdale.
In order to reduce the impact of the construction on traveling motorists, lane closures will only occur at night. During daytime construction, travel lanes will be shifted around roadwork, and full access to Route 110 businesses will be maintained.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills (Thursday, July 24, 2014; A2)