A portion of Ferry Road in North Haven will be closed sometime early next year, between Sunset Beach Road and Tyndall Road, to repair an eroding culvert.
Because Ferry Road, also known as Route 114, is state owned, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will pay for and oversee the reconstruction, reported North Haven Village Clerk Georgia Welch.
The culvert has been damaged for several years but it is now compromising the shoulder of the roadbed. Before beginning the project, the DOT is waiting for a permit from the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The construction is expected to take around a week to complete. During this time, however, a section of the road must be closed to traffic.
At a village meeting on Tuesday evening, Welch reported that the best time for the project would be in early January. If the DOT receives the permits in time, the repairs will likely start at the beginning of the new year. Traffic to and from the Shelter Island Ferry will be redirected through Sunset Beach and Tyndall road.
Welch said the DOT will contact homeowners in the area and put up electronic signs on the road to alert drivers of the roadwork up ahead.
“I have been dying to get that [culvert] fixed for the last five years,” remarked village trustee James Morrissey.
The board also discussed the successful program to get abandoned boats off of the beach at the end of Sunset Beach road. At the end of October, there were 13 seafaring vessels at the beach but now there is only one red kayak on the shores without a permit. Welch said the board should assess the condition of the kayak and then decide how to dispose of it.