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Nov 2, 2010 5:12 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk Highway Road Work Postponed Till Next Week

Nov 2, 2010 5:12 PM

A Montauk Highway road resurfacing project that was expected to start this week has been postponed until next week because of the threat of bad weather, according to Eileen Peters, the regional public information officer for the State Department of Transportation.

The project will target trouble spots on Montauk Highway, also known as Route 27, between Water Mill and East Hampton.

“The aim is to complete the project before the snow,” explained Ms. Peters. “This is a temporary fix for the problem … but the worst areas are being addressed to get drivers through the winter months.”

The repaving work can be done only in dry weather, Ms. Peters said, and rain is expected later this week.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced the plans for the work in a press release on Friday, stating that the DOT had agreed to perform spot treatment of certain sections of the roadway that are most dangerous to motorists. He added that he had requested the project be expedited in response to complaints from constituents.

Even with the deferred kickoff, the DOT expects the first phase of the roadwork to be finished by the end of November. The DOT plans to resurface the entire highway from Water Mill to Montauk in 2012.

The project next week will require some lane closures, but where at all possible the DOT will keep both lanes open, Ms. Peters said. When an entire lane must be closed, there will be alternating lane shifts to maintain the flow of traffic, but drivers should expect some delays, she said.

Roadwork will focus on several bad areas along Montauk Highway beginning in Water Mill at Warren’s Nursery and then at Willow Road. Work will resume at McCoy Real Estate in Bridgehampton, and in Wainscott, near the former Plitt Ford building and at Wainscott Northwest Road.

In East Hampton, the work will resume near Stephen Hands Path, Georgica Road, Jericho Road, Cove Hollow Road, Baiting Hollow Road and Woods Lane and Buell Lane and Route 114. The project will conclude at the Egypt Lane-Accabonac Road intersection at the end of November.

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omg about time
By asurest (117), easthampton on Oct 31, 10 8:04 AM
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By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Oct 31, 10 1:50 PM
PRAISE THE LORD. I have had enough over the past few years what with cracked rims, flat tires and axels/shocks that are nearly shot. Dangerous and unsafe is an understatement. How about damaging!!!! These sections of 27 are worse than the roads in third world countires. Why did they let it get so bad? I think the towns could have done the repairs a year ago and then they could have just sent the bill to the DOT.
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Nov 1, 10 1:06 PM
By gypsy222 (20), East Hampton on Nov 2, 10 3:07 PM
Thanks for the email on this, Editor.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 2, 10 3:24 PM
The delay of one week due to weather is bureaucrateese for "we are not ready" IMO. Did you see lots of equipment standing by on the side of the road today ready to start at 8 AM tomorrow morning?

The ten-day weather forecast is as good as one could expect in November, with the only rain being a 60% chance on Thursday.


Rain on Day 2 of the work would probably have helped keep the dust down from the ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 2, 10 5:08 PM
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By SunshineBOO! (10), East Hampton on Nov 3, 10 5:11 PM
that figures
By asurest (117), easthampton on Nov 2, 10 5:32 PM
So is the DOT going to pay for my new tires and front end alignment. Lobby Jay, LaValle and the rest to get off their butts and make some noise.
By Gerryg (4), East Hampton on Nov 3, 10 12:32 PM
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every try the 1-800-POT-HOLE hotline? what a joke.
By SunshineBOO! (10), East Hampton on Nov 3, 10 5:13 PM
By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Nov 4, 10 10:43 AM
There is a basic problem with the roadbed of this highway, which none of the "solutions" of the past 40 years +/- have addressed IMO (nor will the current band aid).

The old highway (Water Mill to EH +/-) was built (I am guessing) in the 1930's maybe during the WPA? Its was narrower than it is now, and the pavement was poured concrete laid in sections about 10' wide by 100' long, 2-3 sections wide (again, guessing here). I assume this was built to industrial standards, because I don't recall ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 4, 10 12:41 PM