New York State Senator Ken LaValle announced Friday that nearly $37 million has been secured from the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program to fund two road projects in the First Senatorial District.
A total of $80 million is being spent on Long Island for road and bridge projects.
According to LaValle, the projects are scheduled for 2013-14 and include pavement rehabilitation of Montauk Highway between Egypt Lane in East Hampton Village and Etna Road in Montauk, which will cost $24 million, and Tucker Lane to the end of Route 25 in Southold for $12.6 million.
“These road and bridge projects are not only necessary for safety but also serve as a major investment in our local economy that will create jobs and improve our transportation infrastructure,” said LaValle.
The Montauk Highway resurfacing project will be the third phase of a project that began this year to rehabilitate the major roadway on the South Fork.
The first phase, completed in spring 2013, resurfaced a 2.3 mile stretch of the highway in East Hampton from Stephen Hands Path to Route 114. That project cost $1.53 million.
The second phase, to resurface a 10-mile stretch of Montauk Highway from CR 39 to Stephen Hands Path was announced earlier this year. At the urging of Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele and 10 other elected officials representing the area, the New York State Department of Transportation agreed to undertake this $12.53 million project sometime after Labor Day.
“The importance of this highway cannot be underestimated,” said Thiele. “It is the only major road bringing people to and from the South Fork of Long
Island. There is no alternative route. It is the most highly trafficked road on eastern Long Island. Its condition is important to local residents, the second home industry, business and commerce, and local fire, ambulance, and emergency service workers. I have been fighting very hard for this day to come. I can finally say that the entire stretch from Southampton to Montauk will be repaved.”