North Road in Hampton Bays will remain closed until Friday, March 15—two weeks longer than originally planned—due to weather-related delays while workers continue construction on the Long Island Rail Road overpass.
The road, which connects Montauk Highway and Sunrise Highway, has been blocked off since January 4, marking the third time that workers shut it down and rerouted traffic about a mile east to Peconic Road. It first closed in January 2012 and reopened before Memorial Day, and then closed a second time last September before reopening at the end of October due to the same renovations.
Thomas Neely, Southampton Town’s transportation and public safety director, said Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials notified the town of the extended closure last week.
The work is part of a $26.2 million project undertaken by the MTA to repair the North Road train overpass, as well as the train overpasses on Montauk Highway and the Shinnecock Canal. Sal Arena, a spokesman for MTA, said previously that the most recent construction, led by the New Jersey-based Conti Corp., includes the removal of temporary support structures, the restoration of abutment walls and repairs to the road. The work was originally slated to be complete by the start of this year.
The work on the Montauk Highway overpass is expected to be complete by the end of March, and could result in single-lane closures. Ongoing work at the Shinnecock Bridge will not require any additional closures and is expected to be complete by the end of April.
“The contractor has informed the Long Island Rail Road that due to weather-related issues this winter, he would require an additional two weeks to complete the remaining work under [the] North Highway Bridge,” Mr. Arena wrote in an e-mail this week. “The road will be closed until March 15, 2013.”
The closure has required the Hampton Bays School District to employ an additional bus to pick up students in the area, though Schools Superintendent Lars Clemensen said he could not immediately say how much the extra service is costing the district.