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Mar 18, 2014 3:34 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Montauk Highway Repaving Begins This Week In Water Mill And East Hampton

Mar 26, 2014 5:04 PM

Crews will begin repaving 11 miles of Montauk Highway between Southampton Village and Stephen Hands Path in East Hampton this week.

Beginning on Thursday, March 27, paving crews contracted by the State Department of Transportation will begin grinding off pavement along Route 27, and laying down new asphalt. The project is budgeted to cost just under $7.6 million, paid for with state funding and federal grants.

As part of the repaving, bike lane markings will be added along the entire length of the new roadway.

The work will be done between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. State DOT spokesperson Eileen Peters said that crews will use cones to shift the travel lanes around the grinding and paving work, and that two lanes of traffic will be kept open at all times, except for brief instances when equipment has to be moved.

The overnight work will focus largely on major intersections so as not to impact traffic during daytime hours.

The work will take place in segments, typically about a quarter mile to a half mile at a time. The existing pavement will be ground off to the base layers and new blacktop asphalt will be laid. The anticipated life of the new roadway is 10 years.

Ms. Peters said that the specifics of where the work will begin, which intersections will be repaved and when are still being planned.

The project will pause on Memorial Day for the high-traffic summer months and resume in September as needed.

“We are striving to get it done as safely and as efficiently as possible, but the intention is to minimize the impact on residents and motorists out there,” Ms. Peters said. “We’re very sensitive to the need to keep traffic moving. Of course, traffic will be slowed by this, but it’s restricted to small sections.”

The work is the second phase of a project that began last spring, which repaved 2.3 miles of the highway east of Stephen Hands Path to East Hampton Village in response to severely deteriorated paving.

The last time this stretch of Montauk Highway was substantially repaved was 2002-03, though a portion of the roadway in Water Mill was repaved in connection with the replacement of the culvert leading from Mill Pond to Mecox Bay in 2010-11, and extensive surface patching was done along several stretches in Water Mill and Wainscott in 2012.

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Gridlock for 2014 . . .

Are any efforts underway to bring back the East End Shuttle on the LIRR tracks?
By PBR (4953), Southampton on Mar 18, 14 5:11 PM
I wonder if State DOT approached all other utilities to ask if they needed to bury anything. The last time the road was paved shortly thereafter i believe it was Suffolk COunty Water trenched lines in the pavement to add water lines. The trenching started eroding the road bed. Also maybe its just me but when SCWA buries pipe it seems to fall under the right tire and their pavement patch is never equal to the road bed. Couldnt they just extend the pipe another foot so it falls to the center of the ...more
By North Sea Citizen (564), North Sea on Mar 26, 14 6:49 AM
This work has apparently been put off until Monday, because the snow storm forecast for Tuesday night would have prevented the initial work.

Watch for a massive problem for the eastbound trade parade on Monday morning if the work in Water Mill is started first. Will they be setting up overnight on Sunday night?

If the work is going to start in EH, the westbound trade parade on Monday afternoon could be interesting .

Was ANY thought given to bringing back The East End Shuttle?
By PBR (4953), Southampton on Mar 27, 14 4:41 PM
It is going to be painful but needs to be done.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 14 6:18 PM
This morning they were working between the diner in Southampton and Water Mill -- grinding down the road bed. Any other work going on to the east?
By PBR (4953), Southampton on Apr 1, 14 12:54 PM