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Mar 6, 2018 1:22 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

State DOT To Repave Sections Of Route 114

The current conditions of Route 114 and Stephen Hands Path in East Hampton. KYRIL BROMLEY
Mar 6, 2018 3:16 PM

Driving on Route 114 will become a little bit smoother, thanks to the State Department of Transportation.

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth LaValle announced on Monday that the State DOT has agreed to fix eight patches of road on Route 114. The announcement comes after Mr. Thiele and Mr. LaValle had been pressing the State DOT for two years to repave an eight-mile stretch of Route 114, from Stephen Hands Path in East Hampton to the South Ferry terminal in North Haven Village.

The two officials sent a letter to DOT Commissioner Paul Karas on December 21, 2017, to which the DOT sent a response on February 28 saying that eight locations on the state road were being added to the state’s “when and where” contract, which allows roads to be worked on in a timely manner when the need arises.

According to Monday’s announcement, the DOT will remove and replace the top 2 inches of asphalt on certain locations along Route 114. The sections include patches near Plank Road in East Hampton, and Hempstead Street, Wharf Street and the Harrison Street Extension, all in Sag Harbor.

No start or completion date has been determined, but the DOT said that the work will be finished by the end of the summer.

Mr. Thiele said in the announcement that there are still other road sections in the Village of North Haven that need repairs, particularly between Short Beach Road and the South Ferry terminal. He added that he and Mr. LaValle still believe the entirety of Route 114 between Stephen Hands Path and the South Ferry terminal should be repaved, and that project should be added to the DOT’s five-year capital plan.

“We are pleased that the worst sections of Route 114 will be resurfaced in the next few months,” Mr. Thiele said. “This will ensure greater safety and comfort for the driving public that utilizes Route 114. This solution was the most expeditious approach to protecting public safety.”

“While the repairs will be helpful to make the street safer on an interim basis, the real solution that is truly needed is repaving Route 114 in its entirety,” Mr. LaValle said in the release.

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