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Sep 18, 2019 11:02 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Broke Ground On Massive Main Street Reconstruction Project

Main Street in Westhampton Beach Wednesday morning. ANISAH ABDULLAH
Sep 18, 2019 11:32 AM

Contractors broke ground Wednesday morning for Westhampton Beach’s Main Street reconstruction project, commencing the village’s major endeavor to revitalize the downtown area.

Village officials were present at the site for the groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. and witnessed their years-long plan start to become a reality.

They were joined by officials from Southampton Town, Suffolk County and New York State, along with executives from contractor Bove Industries, project manager Sandpebble, and H2M Architects + Engineers, the company overseeing the project.

Village Mayor Maria Moore thanked everyone present for the ongoing support.

“We’re protecting what’s great, fixing what’s broken and preparing Westhampton Beach for years to come,” she said.

Main Street has been closed since Monday and will remain fully closed through January. The road will partially reopen during sidewalk construction, which will occur from February until May 15.

Cross-street intersections will stay open to allow vehicular and pedestrian access to sidewalks and rear parking lots. Access points include Sunset Avenue to Moniebogue Lane, Mill Road to Library Avenue, Beach Road to Beach Lane, and Potunk Lane.

During the project, contractors will be installing new roads, sidewalks and light fixtures, constructing two traffic circles, burying utility lines and removing telephone poles.

“This is such an exciting, new chapter for Westhampton Beach,” Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming said at the groundbreaking.

The project was supposed to begin two weeks later on October 1, but delays in Suffolk County Water Authority’s work on Main Street forced the village to modify its project’s timeline.

The water authority arrived on September 3 to replace its water mains under the street and told village officials that work would be completed by September 30, the day before the village’s Main Street project would start. But construction was taking longer than expected, and water authority executives said they will need two to three more weeks.

Village officials did not want to start the project later, because that meant it could run into next summer, so they decided to begin early and work simultaneously with the water authority, who also agreed to have their crew work longer hours.

Bove Industries started by removing asphalt and concrete in front of the SCWA, whose crew is working from Mill Road heading west to Potunk Lane, to expedite the pipe replacement.

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Dig we must! An exciting chapter. Everybody be sure to worm your way in there and support our Main St. merchants!
By rburger (82), Remsenburg on Sep 19, 19 11:05 AM
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What about sewer lines?
By Luv da beach (5), Remsenburg on Sep 19, 19 3:44 PM
Main St is Open for Business

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for our Sidewalk Sale
Come down and see the progress
This is a major project and they are working fast and furious
The coordination is amazing
Bring the kids if you like big trucks too !!
By Shock (47), on Sep 20, 19 9:19 AM
1 member liked this comment
This should pretty much ruin Westhampton store owners. I have seen a down town main st closed for 4 months it's ridiculous and it doesn't have to be done like that.
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Sep 20, 19 5:46 PM
By A Great American (101), East Quogue on Sep 20, 19 5:59 PM
Sandpebble? Hopefully, you all signed a better contract than the one the Easthampton Board of Ed signed. This contractor was the kiss of death for the new library in Hampton Bays, no one wanted that hairball managing multi-million dollar construction projects here.
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Sep 22, 19 8:12 AM
Good point dfree. They hired a building contractor to manage a major street and sewer project. Kind of like hiring a proctologist to do heart surgery!!
By realistic (468), westhampton on Sep 22, 19 8:32 AM
Hopefully, Southampton Village will follow suit. SOON!!!
By lursagirl (241), southampton on Sep 23, 19 8:48 PM
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