The southern end of the is about to undergo major reconstruction, state officials announced.
The New York State Department of Transportation is embarking on a $34.4 million construction improvement project on the southern area of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (Route 135).
The project is aimed at renewing aging pavement, installing planted medians and providing updated safety improvements on Route 135 between Merrick Road in Seaford and Hempstead Turnpike in Bethpage.
During the Route 135 improvement process, one or two lanes may be closed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Merrick Road to Sunrise Highway exits. NYDOT officials also said one travel lane may be close between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Sunrise Highway to Southern State Parkway exits and two lanes may be closed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
From the Southern State Parkway to Hempstead Turnpike exits, one lane may be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., transporation officials said.
Lane closures are expected to continue until the end of the year. Construction is being performed by Hicksville-based Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC under contract with the NYSDOT.
The work “...will provide significant driving and safety enhancements for the upwards of 86,000 drivers per day that use this busy highway,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald.
The NYSDOT project includes performing concrete pavement repairs and installation of a new asphalt overlay between Merrick Road and Hempstead Turnpike including ramps, as well as drainage improvements. There will also be new guide rails installed, bridge rail and joint replacements, installation of curbs, sign upgrades, landscape plantings, and the installation of a new concrete center median with plantings in certain areas.
“Rebuilding our infrastructure is paramount to our region’s economic recovery," said State Sen. Charles Fuschillo,R-Merrick, whose district covers the area of Seaford where the project will commence. "Projects like this will create hundreds of jobs, while improving the daily lives of the traveling public."
NYDOT officials said to maintain the safety of motorists, the speed limit will be reduced throughout the construction area and work will take place during off-peak daytime and night hours. At least a single travel lane will remain open to motorists throughout the roadwork area during the day.
For 24/7 up-to-date traffic and travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.