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Feb 26, 2013 4:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Stretch Of County Road 39 In Southampton To Close Two Nights For Railroad Upgrades

Mar 1, 2013 1:39 PM

The stretch of County Road 39 between David Whites Lane and the intersection with Montauk Highway and Hampton Road in Southampton will be closed for two, possibly three, nights in March while the Long Island Rail Road upgrades a crossing as part of a County Road 39 widening project.

The approximately 1.5-mile stretch will be closed in both directions between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the evenings of Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13. If the work is not completed those two nights, the road may be closed for a third night, from 7 p.m. until it’s complete, on Thursday, March 14, said Bill Hillman, chief engineer for the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

Eastbound traffic will be directed south on David Whites Lane and east on Hampton Road through Southampton Village, while westbound traffic will be directed west on Hampton Road and north on David Whites Lane. Local traffic—motorists reaching businesses in the affected area—will be allowed in the closed area, Mr. Hillman said.

The entire crossing, including track, surfacing, crossing gates and signals, will be replaced, according to Salvatore Arena, a spokesman for the LIRR.

The safety upgrades are required as part of an ongoing $4 million road widening project that Mr. Hillman said would be completed before Memorial Day.

Work on the tracks will not affect rail service on those dates because service on the Speonk-Montauk line was already set to be suspended between 2:13 a.m. on March 12 and 2:30 a.m. on March 15 because of an unrelated, approximately $30 million bridge rehabilitation project involving the Shinnecock Canal, North Highway and Montauk Highway overpasses.

“The railroad decided that would be the optimal time to do it, with no trains running,” Mr. Arena said.

An estimated 364 westbound LIRR passengers and 413 eastbound LIRR passengers will be affected by the County Road 39 closure, he said. Buses will be provided at train stations at the scheduled train departure times.

Westbound train passengers should expect up to 39 minutes of additional time added to their commute, while eastbound train passengers should expect up to 37 minutes, Mr. Arena said.

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By exsupt (3), southampton on Feb 27, 13 2:19 PM